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  • The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry | Walter Pater

    The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Walter Pater
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Published to great acclaim in 1873, Walter Pater’s compendium of idiosyncratic, impressionistic essays on the Renaissance gained him a reputation as a daring modern philosopher. Oscar Wilde called it the “holy writ of beauty.” It was Pater’s cry of “art for art’s sake” that became the manifesto for the aesthetic movement. He believed that art should be sensual and that beauty should rank as the highest ideal. Marked by elegant fluency, Pater’s essays discuss Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and other artists who, for him, embodied the spirit of the Renaissance.

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