Studies in the History of the Renaissance (unabridged)

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Walter Pater

Studies in the History of the Renaissance

Read by Leighton Pugh


Published in 1873, Studies in the History of the Renaissance is considered one of the most influential works in the field of aestheticism. The book is a collection of essays that explore various artists of the Renaissance period, focusing primarily on the art, culture and philosophy of the time.

In the Studies, Pater celebrates the pursuit of beauty and the sensual pleasures it brings, advocating the appreciation of art as a means of self-discovery and personal growth. His prose is often characterised by vivid descriptions, lush imagery and a rich use of language. He explores the artistic achievements and cultural milieu of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and others.

Pater’s ideas, especially his celebration of sensual experience and the pursuit of beauty, influenced many artists and writers of the time, including Oscar Wilde and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

  • Running Time: 5 h 41 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-503-8
    Cat. no.:NA0615
    Produced by:Neil Rosser
    Edited by:Thomas Goose
    Released:June 24
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