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Walter Pater

The Renaissance – Studies in Art and Painting

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For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments’ sake.
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ll breathes of that unity of culture in which “whatsoever things are comely” are reconciled, for the elevation and adorning of our spirits.
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In their search after the pleasures of the senses and the imagination, in their care for beauty, in their worship of the body
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All the charm of the piece is in its details
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the rude strength of the middle age turns to sweetness
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deeply penetrated his thoughts
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
For our one chance lies in expanding that interval, in getting as many pulsations as possible into the given time
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
The service of philosophy, of speculative culture, towards the human spirit, is to rouse, to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. How may we see in them all that is to be seen in them by the finest senses? How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy?
To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
What modern art has to do in the service of culture is so to rearrange the details of modern life, so to reflect it, that it may satisfy the spirit
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
the greatness that is dead looks greater when every link with what is slight and vulgar has been severed
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
Let us understand by poetry all literary production which attains the power of giving pleasure by its form, as distinct from its matter
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
poetry and painting, the situation predominates over the character; in sculpture, the character over the situation
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
The basis of all artistic genius lies in the power of conceiving humanity in a new and striking way, of putting a happy world of its own creation in place of the meaner world of our common days, generating around itself an atmosphere with a novel power of refraction, selecting, transforming, recombining the images it transmits, according to choice of the imaginative intellect
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
why should sculpture thus limit itself to pure form? Because, by this limitation, it becomes a perfect medium of expression for one peculiar motive of the imaginative intellect. It therefore renounces all those attributes of its material which do not forward that motive
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In it, no member of the human form is more significant than the rest
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the utmost attenuation of detail
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
Architecture, which begins in a practical need, can only express by vague hint or symbol, the spirit or mind of the artist. He closes his sadness over him, or wanders in the perplexed intricacies of things, or projects his purpose from him clean-cut and sincere, or bares himself to the sunlight. But these spiritualities, felt rather than seen, can but lurk about architectural form as volatile effects, to be gathered from it by reflexion. Their expression is, indeed, not really sensuous at all. As human form is not the subject with which it deals, architecture is the mode in which the artistic effort centres, when the thoughts of man concerning himself are still indistinct, when he is still little preoccupied with those harmonies, storms, victories, of the unseen and intellectual world, which, wrought out into the bodily form, give it an interest and significance communicable to it alone
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
The many-headed gods of the East, the orientalised, many-breasted Diana of Ephesus, like Angelico’s fresco, are at best overcharged symbols, a means of hinting at an idea which art cannot fitly or completely express, which still remains in the world of shadows.
Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted3 years ago
Such forms of art, then, are inadequate to the matter they clothe; they remain ever below its level. Something of this kind is true also of oriental art
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