All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music  

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"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music" is a dictum by Walter Pater.

The dictum is from an essay titled "The School of Giorgione" (1877), which was added to the third edition (1888) of Studies in the Renaissance. It is a much-quoted maxim and means that the arts seek to unify subject matter and form, and music is the only art in which subject and form are seemingly one.

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