This seminal book was an influence on Oscar Wilde and other aesthetes. Introduced by Michael Prodger, with paintings by Botticelli and Michelangelo.
She is older than the rocks among which she sits; like the vampire, she has been dead many times, and learned the secrets of the grave; and has been a diver in deep seas, and keeps their fallen day about her…
With these words, the scholar Walter Pater described one of the world’s greatest paintings: the Mona Lisa. Part cultural critique, part aesthetic creed, and, as introducer Michael Prodger writes, ‘a work of art in its own right’, The Renaissance was Pater’s greatest and most influential work.
Bound in blocked buckram
Set in Bembo
Frontispiece and 16 pages of colour plates
9½˝ × 6¼˝