Imaginary Portraits (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

Imaginary Portraits (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

by Walter Pater
     
 

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Published in 1887, Imaginary Portraits consists of four studies of fictional characters in historical settings.  They are notable not only as illustrations of Pater's aesthetic theories but as influential works of literature. The characters include “A Prince of Court Painters,” set in Valenciennes in 1701, “Denys L’Auxerrois,

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Published in 1887, Imaginary Portraits consists of four studies of fictional characters in historical settings.  They are notable not only as illustrations of Pater's aesthetic theories but as influential works of literature. The characters include “A Prince of Court Painters,” set in Valenciennes in 1701, “Denys L’Auxerrois,” from a French town called Auxerre, “Sebastian van Storck,” a young man from Holland during its push for independence, and “Duke Carl of Rosenmold,” a young Duke who disappeared from the region a century before the narrator’s time.  As Oscar Wilde wrote, "This is a singularly attractive book.  Mr. Pater . . . is at least our greatest artist in prose." 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411441248
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
164
File size:
157 KB

Meet the Author

Walter Pater (1839-1894) was a British critic and essayist who championed the idea of "art for art's sake," which was later used by such figures as Oscar Wilde and other devotees of Aestheticism. His essays on art and literature were printed in his Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873), one of his most famous works.

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