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Description - England and Its Aesthetes by David Carrier

John Ruskin (1819-1890), Walter Pater (1839-1894) and Adrian Stokes (1902-1972) represent three generations of English aesthetes whose writings have transformed art history and the formations of museums as we know them. This work assembles the autobiographical sketches of these influential aesthetes. David Carrier's "reading" reveals these aesthetes to be less concerned with art appreciation or an aesthetic approach to everyday life than with issues of identity, politics and desire. He unfolds their texts with the aim of exposing the complexity that lies beyond what was once thought merely to represent models of sensitivity and good taste. By comparing the differences and similarities in their social and cultural environment, Carrier points out that the views of Ruskin, Pater and Stokes have surreptitiously worked their way into modern outlooks and thoughts about art, its function and its history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9789057012914
ISBN-10: 905701291X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 7mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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