Dr Pater died while Walter was an infant and the family moved to EnfieldLondon. Walter attended Enfield Grammar School and was individually tutored by the headmaster.
See Article History Alternative Title: He then settled in Oxford and read with private pupils. In he was elected to a fellowship at Brasenose College.
Pater then began to write for the reviews, and his essays on Leonardo da VinciSandro BotticelliPico della MirandolaMichelangeloand others were collected in as Studies in the History of the Renaissance later called simply The Renaissance.
His delicate, fastidious style and sensitive appreciation of Renaissance art in these essays made his reputation as a scholar and an aesthete, and he became the centre of a small group of admirers in Oxford. In the concluding essay in The Renaissance, Pater asserted that art exists for the sake of its beauty aloneand that it acknowledges neither moral standards nor utilitarian functions in its reason for being.
Marius the Epicurean is his most substantial work. The setting is Rome in the time of Marcus Aurelius ; but this is a thin disguise for the characteristically lateth-century spiritual development of its main character. Imaginary Portraits are shorter pieces of philosophical fiction in the same mode.
Appreciations is a return to the critical essay, this time largely on English subjects. In came Plato and Platonism, giving an extremely literary view of Plato and neglecting the logical and dialectical side of his philosophy.
Also published posthumously was his unfinished romance, Gaston de Latour In his later critical writings Pater continued to focus on the innate qualities of works of art, in contrast to the prevailing tendency to evaluate them on the basis of their moral and educational value.
Oscar WildeGeorge Mooreand the aesthetes of the s were among his followers and show obvious and continual traces both of his style and of his ideas. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Pater 39;s analysis of the Mona Lisa is the lengthiest he makes of a single nbsp; The Mona Lisa and the Symbol of Ideas: Pater 39;s Leda as Mother to in the da Vinci essay of The Renaissance, and its curious placement at the.
Pater's Modernism: The Leonardo Essay Richard Dellamora University of Toronto Quarterly, Volume 47, Number 2, Winter /78, The Leonardo Essay In Walter Pater was establishing a reputation in Oxford and London knelt at the feet of Da Vinci, Luini, and Sodoma,'· In his Bacchus ().
Pater takes Vasari as his starting point and Leonardo’s ‘genius’ as a given. He is particularly good on Leonardo’s relationship to his teacher Verrocchio, on the painter’s scientific ‘sorcerer’ side, and on what was characteristic of both the man and his times.
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. Pater then began to write for the reviews, and his essays on Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Pico della Mirandola, Michelangelo, and others were collected in as Studies in the History of the Renaissance (later called simply The Renaissance).
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