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Title: Walter Pater and the idea of "Renaissance"
Author: Sheldon, Julie Lynne
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1991
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This thesis considers the idea of 'Renaissance' in Walter Pater's writings on art. It argues that Pater's idea of 'Renaissance' is not confined by time or place and that it represents a moment of historical excellence which is materialized in certain works of art. It explores the place of Pater's writings on art in the light of changing cultural and institutional factors in the nineteenth century; providing a survey of the historiography of art and examining the establishment of institutions devoted to art. More specifically it considers the topicality of Renaissance studies in the nineteenth century and the ways in which Renaissance studies were affected by such factors. This thesis also examines Pater's knowledge and use of art historical sources, considering his travels abroad as a condition of his criticism. It looks at Pater's contact with those art works cited in his writings and discusses the ways in which he uses such sources. Finally, it presents Pater's art-historical sources as providing evidence of an evolutionary process in the history of art in which the fine arts play an important role as material evidence of 'Renaissance'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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