Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts by Elicia Clements, Lesley J. Higgins

By Elicia Clements, Lesley J. Higgins

The multidisciplinary aesthetics of Walter Pater, the 19th century's so much provocative critic, are explored by means of a world workforce of students. real aesthetic feedback happens operating around the arts, Pater insists: acknowledging the variations among media, but seeking chances of interconnection.

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148). 2. For the kind of historical sensibility underlying the response to Raphael, see Bullen (1994) and Fraser (1992). See also Law and Østermark-Johansen (2005). On Pater and Ruskin in relation to the painter, see Dellamora (1990), p. 126. For the most thorough conceptual treatment of Pater’s historicism, see Williams (1989). 3. For other instances of Ruskin’s complex relation to museums, see Siegel (2008, pp. 187–99, 278–82, 351–2). 4. When Friedrich Waagen visited in the 1830s, he found some canvases to admire, but he was clear on the weaknesses of the institution: ‘Of the great masters of the Florentine school, a school which above all others carried drawing to perfection, there is, in my opinion, nothing here’ (1838, vol.

Classical sources indicate that Myron’s statue was a bronze. On the Discobolus and its reception, see Haskell and Penny (1981, pp. 199–202). 7. For the most influential accounts of the issue, see Heidegger (1975) and Benjamin (1999). 8. On the discovery of Greek polychromy, see Jenkins (1992). 9. Ruskin himself, as his editors point out, came in later years to a view notably close to Pater’s. ’ ‘Editor’s Preface to the Economist of Xenophon’ (Ruskin, 1903–12, vol. 31, p. 17). See ‘Pre-Raphaelitism’ (Ruskin, 1903–12, vol.

Alfred Austin was not the only writer at this time to believe that something ‘nasty’ was coming out of Oxford. In 1872 he linked ‘the disease of the time . . an emasculated cynicism’ with the university: ‘When the whole community is infected’, he said, lapsing into pathological mode, ‘the whole community is in so bad a way that nothing short of a miracle can restore it to health’ (Austin, 1872, pp. 132–3). Similarly, Robert Browning visiting Solomon’s studio in 1870 adopted the term Colvin had used earlier for Solomon’s work and condemned it as being ‘too affected and effeminate’ (qtd in Morgan, 1996, p.

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