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Laurus Nobilis Chapters on Art and Life   By: (1856-1935)

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Laurus Nobilis Chapters on Art and Life by Vernon Lee is a beautifully written collection of essays that seamlessly merges the worlds of art and life. As a prominent figure in the Aesthetic movement, Lee brings her keen eye and profound insights to dissect various forms of art and their impact on human existence.

The book is divided into several chapters, each tackling a different aspect of art and life. From examining the symbolic meaning in Renaissance paintings to exploring the emotional connection between music and human emotions, Lee's exploration of these topics is both thought-provoking and enlightening.

One of the standout qualities of this book is Lee's ability to blend her extensive knowledge of art history with her deep understanding of human psychology and emotion. She effortlessly weaves together these two seemingly distinct realms, presenting a holistic approach to understanding the artistic experience as an intrinsic part of the human condition.

The beauty of Laurus Nobilis lies in its ability to engage readers at different levels. On one hand, it appeals to art enthusiasts and scholars who will be captivated by Lee's vast knowledge and eloquent descriptions of various artworks. On the other hand, it offers a philosophical exploration of the purpose and impact of art on our lives, making it accessible to a wider audience interested in the intersection of creativity and existence.

What sets this book apart is Lee's distinctive writing style. Her prose is elegant, poetic, and evocative, transporting readers to the realms of the artworks she analyzes. Her descriptions are vivid, enabling readers to appreciate the intricacies and nuances of each piece she discusses. This masterful storytelling enhances the reader's experience, making art come alive on the pages of the book.

However, it is worth noting that Laurus Nobilis is not a light read. The essays are dense with references and deep philosophical ideas, which may prove challenging for readers seeking a more casual or introductory exploration of the subject matter. Nevertheless, for those willing to dive into Lee's intellectual depth, the rewards are plentiful.

In conclusion, Laurus Nobilis Chapters on Art and Life is a remarkable collection of essays that showcases Vernon Lee's profound understanding of the artistic experience. With her brilliant analysis and eloquent prose, Lee connects the world of art to the depths of human existence, offering readers a rich and enlightening journey. Whether you are an art aficionado or simply intrigued by the profound impact of creativity, this book is sure to ignite your imagination and expand your understanding of the interplay between art and life.

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The Use of Beauty "Nisi Citharam" Higher Harmonies Beauty and Sanity The Art and the Country Art and Usefulness Wasteful Pleasures




Die Realität der Dinge ist der Dinge Werk; der Schein der Dinge ist der Menschen Werk; und ein Gemüt, das sich am Scheine weidet, ergötzt sich schon nicht mehr an dem, was es empfängt, sondern an dem, was es tut. SCHILLER, Briefe über Ästhetik .




One afternoon, in Rome, on the way back from the Aventine, the road mender climbed onto the tram as it trotted slowly along, and fastened to its front, alongside of the place of the driver, a bough of budding bay.

Might one not search long for a better symbol of what we may all do by our life? Bleakness, wind, squalid streets, a car full of heterogeneous people, some very dull, most very common; a laborious jog trot all the way. But to redeem it all with the pleasantness of beauty and the charm of significance, this laurel branch.


Our language does not possess any single word wherewith to sum up the various categories of things (made by nature or made by man, intended solely for the purpose of subserving by mere coincidence) which minister to our organic and many sided æsthetic instincts: the things affecting us in that absolutely special, unmistakable, and hitherto mysterious manner expressed in our finding them beautiful ... Continue reading book >>

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