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- Conclusion (of 'the Renaissance') - Conclusion (of 'the Renaissance')

- Conclusion (of 'the Renaissance')
Conclusion (1) Legei pou Herakleitos hoti panta chorei kai ouden menei.(2) TO regard all things and principles of things as inconstant modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought. Let us begin with that which is without--our physical life. Fix upon it in one of its more exquisite intervals, the moment, for instance, of delicious recoil from the flood of water in summer heat. What is the whole physical life in that moment but a combination of natural elements to which science gives their names? But those elements, phosphorus and lime and... Essays - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 3835

- Winckelmann - Winckelmann

- Winckelmann
ET EGO IN ARCADIA FUI GOETHE'S fragments of art-criticism contain a few pages of strange pregnancy on the character of Winckelmann. He speaks of the teacher who had made his career possible, but whom he had never seen, as of an abstract type of culture, consummate, tranquil, withdrawn already into the region of ideals, yet retaining colour from the incidents of a passionate intellectual life. He classes him with certain works of art, possessing an inexhaustible gift of suggestion, to which criticism may return again and again with renewed freshness. Hegel, in his lectures on the Philosophy of Art,... Essays - Post by : alex_2000 - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 3023

- Joachim Du Bellay - Joachim Du Bellay

- Joachim Du Bellay
IN the middle of the sixteenth century, when the spirit of the Renaissance was everywhere, and people had begun to look back with distaste on the works of the middle age, the old Gothic manner had still one chance more, in borrowing something from the rival which was about to supplant it. In this way there was produced, chiefly in France, a new and peculiar phase of taste with qualities and a charm of its own, blending the somewhat attenuated grace of Italian ornament with the general outlines of Northern design. It created the Chateau de Gaillon, as you... Essays - Post by : sunroomguy - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 1511

The - School Of Giorgione The - School Of Giorgione

The - School Of Giorgione
IT is the mistake of much popular criticism to regard poetry, music, and painting--all the various products of art--as but translations into different languages of one and the same fixed quantity of imaginative thought, supplemented by certain technical qualities of colour, in painting; of sound, in music; of rhythmical words, in poetry. In this way, the sensuous element in art, and with it almost everything in art that is essentially artistic, is made a matter of indifference; and a clear apprehension of the opposite principle--that the sensuous material of each art brings with it a special phase or quality of... Essays - Post by : Rickster - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 2133

- Leonardo Da Vinci - Leonardo Da Vinci

- Leonardo Da Vinci
HOMO MINISTER ET INTERPRES NATURAE IN Vasari's life of Leonardo da Vinci as we now read it there are some variations from the first edition. There, the painter who has fixed the outward type of Christ for succeeding centuries was a bold speculator, holding lightly by other men's beliefs, setting philosophy above Christianity. Words of his, trenchant enough to justify this impression, are not recorded, and would have been out of keeping with a genius of which one characteristic is the tendency to lose itself in a refined and graceful mystery. The suspicion was but the time-honoured mode... Essays - Post by : Ozebookstore - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 1691

The - Poetry Of Michelangelo The - Poetry Of Michelangelo

The - Poetry Of Michelangelo
CRITICS of Michelangelo have sometimes spoken as if the only characteristic of his genius were a wonderful strength, verging, as in the things of the imagination great strength always does, on what is singular or strange. A certain strangeness, something of the blossoming of the aloe, is indeed an element in all true works of art: that they shall excite or surprise us is indispensable. But that they shall give pleasure and exert a charm over us is indispensable too; and this strangeness must be sweet also--a lovely strangeness. And to the true admirers of Michelangelo this is... Essays - Post by : rcbtmc - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 2577

- Luca Della Robbia - Luca Della Robbia

- Luca Della Robbia
THE Italian sculptors of the earlier half of the fifteenth century are more than mere forerunners of the great masters of its close, and often reach perfection, within the narrow limits which they chose to impose on their work. Their sculpture shares with the paintings of Botticelli and the churches of Brunelleschi that profound expressiveness, that intimate impress of an indwelling soul, which is the peculiar fascination of the art of Italy in that century. Their works have been much neglected, and often almost hidden away amid the frippery of modern decoration, and we come with some surprise on the... Essays - Post by : edlewis - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 1891

- Sandro Botticelli - Sandro Botticelli

- Sandro Botticelli
IN Leonardo's treatise on painting only one contemporary is mentioned by name--Sandro Botticelli. This pre-eminence may be due to chance only, but to some will rather appear a result of deliberate judgment; for people have begun to find out the charm of Botticelli's work, and his name, little known in the last century, is quietly becoming important. In the middle of the fifteenth century he had already anticipated much of that meditative subtlety, which is sometimes supposed peculiar to the great imaginative workmen of its close. Leaving the simple religion which had occupied the followers of Giotto for... Essays - Post by : SimonB - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 4447

- Pico Della Mirandola - Pico Della Mirandola

- Pico Della Mirandola
NO account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece. To reconcile forms of sentiment which at first sight seem incompatible, to adjust the various products of the human mind to one another in one many-sided type of intellectual culture, to give humanity, for heart and imagination to feed upon, as much as it could possibly receive, belonged to the generous instincts of that age. An earlier and simpler generation had seen in the gods of Greece... Essays - Post by : rlscott - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 2592

- Two Early French Stories - Two Early French Stories

- Two Early French Stories
Yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove. THE history of the Renaissance ends in France, and carries us away from Italy to the beautiful cities of the country of the Loire. But it was in France also, in a very important sense, that the Renaissance had begun. French writers, who are fond of connecting the creations of Italian genius with a French origin, who tell us how Saint Francis of Assisi took not his name only, but all those notions of chivalry and romantic love which so deeply penetrated his thoughts, from a French source, how Boccaccio... Essays - Post by : Johan_Lubbe - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 2045

- Preface (of 'the Renaissance') - Preface (of 'the Renaissance')

- Preface (of 'the Renaissance')
(vii) Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it. The value of these attempts has most often been in the suggestive and penetrating things said by the way. Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would... Essays - Post by : John_Pleiter - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 3988

The Age Of Athletic Prizemen: A Chapter In Greek Art The Age Of Athletic Prizemen: A Chapter In Greek Art

The Age Of Athletic Prizemen: A Chapter In Greek Art
IT is pleasant when, looking at medieval sculpture, we are reminded of that of Greece; pleasant likewise, conversely, in the study of Greek work to be put on thoughts of the Middle Age. To the refined intelligence, it would seem, there is something attractive in complex expression as such. The Marbles of Aegina, then, may remind us of the Middle Age where it passes into the early Renaissance, of its most tenderly finished warrior-tombs at Westminster or in Florence. A less mature phase of medieval art is recalled to our fancy by a primitive Greek work in the... Essays - Post by : pawan - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 4291

The Marbles Of Aegina The Marbles Of Aegina

The Marbles Of Aegina
I HAVE dwelt the more emphatically upon the purely sensuous aspects of early Greek art, on the beauty and charm of its mere material and workmanship, the grace of hand in it, its chryselephantine character, because the direction of all the more general criticism since Lessing has been, somewhat one-sidedly, towards the ideal or abstract element in Greek art, towards what we may call its philosophical aspect. And, indeed, this philosophical element, a tendency to the realisation of a certain inward, abstract, intellectual ideal, is also at work in Greek art--a tendency which, if that chryselephantine influence is called Ionian,... Essays - Post by : Jolly_Roger - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 2923

The Beginnings Of Greek Sculpture The Beginnings Of Greek Sculpture

The Beginnings Of Greek Sculpture
THE BEGINNINGS OF GREEK SCULPTURE I: THE HEROIC AGE OF GREEK ART THE extant remains of Greek sculpture, though but a fragment of what the Greek sculptors produced, are, both in number and in excellence, in their fitness, therefore, to represent the whole of which they were a part, quite out of proportion to what has come down to us of Greek painting, and all those minor crafts which, in the Greek workshop, as at all periods when the arts have been really vigorous, were closely connected with the highest imaginative work. Greek painting is represented to us only by its... Essays - Post by : ultimate_warrio - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 2450

Hippolytus Veiled: A Study From Euripides Hippolytus Veiled: A Study From Euripides

Hippolytus Veiled: A Study From Euripides
CENTURIES of zealous archaeology notwithstanding, many phases of the so varied Greek genius are recorded for the modern student in a kind of shorthand only, or not at all. Even for Pausanias, visiting Greece before its direct part in affairs was quite played out, much had perished or grown dim--of its art, of the truth of its outward history, above all of its religion as a credible or practicable thing. And yet Pausanias visits Greece under conditions as favourable for observation as those under which later travellers, Addison or Eustace, proceed to Italy. For him the impress of... Essays - Post by : cdex911 - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 6133

The Myth Of Demeter And Persephone The Myth Of Demeter And Persephone

The Myth Of Demeter And Persephone
I No chapter in the history of human imagination is more curious than the myth of Demeter, and Kore or Persephone. Alien in some respects from the genuine traditions of Greek mythology, a relic of the earlier inhabitants of Greece, and having but a subordinate place in the religion of Homer, it yet asserted its interest, little by little, and took a complex hold on the minds of the Greeks, becoming finally the central and most popular subject of their national worship. Following its changes, we come across various phases of Greek culture, which are not without their likenesses... Essays - Post by : temaki - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 5088

The Bacchanals Of Euripides The Bacchanals Of Euripides

The Bacchanals Of Euripides
So far, I have endeavoured to present, with something of the concrete character of a picture, Dionysus, the old Greek god, as we may discern him through a multitude of stray hints in art and poetry and religious custom, through modern speculation on the tendencies of early thought, through traits and touches in our own actual states of mind, which may seem sympathetic with those tendencies. In such a picture there must necessarily be a certain artificiality; things near and far, matter of varying degrees of certainty, fact and surmise, being reflected and concentrated, for its production, as if on... Essays - Post by : ddris4 - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 3518

A Study Of Dionysus: The Spiritual Form Of Fire And Dew A Study Of Dionysus: The Spiritual Form Of Fire And Dew

A Study Of Dionysus: The Spiritual Form Of Fire And Dew
WRITERS on mythology speak habitually of the religion of the Greeks. In thus speaking, they are really using a misleading expression, and should speak rather of religions; each race and class of Greeks--the Dorians, the people of the coast, the fishers--having had a religion of its own, conceived of the objects that came nearest to it and were most in its thoughts, and the resulting usages and ideas never having come to have a precisely harmonised system, after the analogy of some other religions. The religion of Dionysus is the religion of people who pass their lives among the... Essays - Post by : SPress - Date : August 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 3389

Prosper Merimee Prosper Merimee

Prosper Merimee
FOR one born in eighteen hundred and three much was recently become incredible that had at least warmed the imagination even of the sceptical eighteenth century. Napoleon, sealing the tomb of the Revolution, had foreclosed many a problem, extinguished many a hope, in the sphere of practice. And the mental parallel was drawn by Heine. In the mental world too a great outlook had lately been cut off. After Kant's criticism of the mind, its pretensions to pass beyond the limits of individual experience seemed as dead as those of old French royalty. And Kant did but furnish... Essays - Post by : mdweiss - Date : June 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 3210

Pascal Pascal

ABOUT the middle of the seventeenth century, two opposite views of a question, upon which neither Scripture, nor Council, nor Pope, had spoken with authority--the question as to the amount of freedom left to man by the overpowering work of divine grace upon him--had seemed likely for a moment to divide the Roman Church into two rival sects. In the diocese of Paris, however, the controversy narrowed itself into a mere personal quarrel between the Jesuit Fathers and the religious community of Port-Royal, and might have been forgotten but for the intervention of a new writer in whom French literature made... Essays - Post by : rsbombard - Date : June 2011 - Author : Walter Pater - Read : 2908