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By Walter Pater

ISBN-10: 0486440257

ISBN-13: 9780486440255

Pater's sleek essays talk about the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and different artists. The e-book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to adventure lifestyles as totally as attainable. His cry of "art for art's sake" grew to become the manifesto of the classy stream, and his tests of Renaissance paintings have motivated generations of readers.

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Many of these unfortunate emigrants, now entirely deprived of shelter and ambrosia, must needs take to vulgar handicrafts, as a means of earning their bread. Under these circumstances, many whose sacred groves had been confiscated, let themselves out for hire as wood-cutters in Germany, and were forced to drink beer instead of nectar. Apollo seems to have been content to take service under graziers, and as he had once kept the cows of Admetus, so he lived now as a shepherd in Lower Austria. Here, however, having become suspected on account of his beautiful singing, he was recognised by a learned monk as one of the old pagan gods, and handed over to the spiritual tribunal.

The silence of those infinite spaces,” says Pascal, contemplating 41 THE RENAISSANCE a starlight night, “the silence of those infinite spaces terrifies me”—Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m’effraie. He was already almost wearied out when he came to Florence. He had loved much and been beloved by women, “wandering over the crooked hills of delicious pleasure”; but their reign over him was over, and long before Savonarola’s famous “bonfire of vanities,” he had destroyed those love-songs in the vulgar tongue, which would have been such a relief to us, after the scholastic prolixity of his Latin writings.

She perceived that the old woman who kept her company was asleep; she rose and put on the fairest gown she had; she took the bed-clothes 21 THE RENAISSANCE and the towels, and knotted them together like a cord, as far as they would go. Then she tied the end to a pillar of the window, and let herself slip down quite softly into the garden, and passed straight across it, to reach the town. “Her hair was yellow in small curls, her smiling eyes blue-green, her face clear and feat, the little lips very red, the teeth small and white; and the daisies which she crushed in passing, holding her skirt high behind and before, looked dark against her feet; the girl was so white!

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