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12 November 2019THE GRAND TOUR : COLLECTING AND CULTURAL TOURISM; THE BRITISH AND THE LURE OF ITALY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
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THE GRAND TOUR : COLLECTING AND CULTURAL TOURISM; THE BRITISH AND THE LURE OF ITALY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY By Martin Heard Tuesday 12 November 2019

In the eighteenth century a young British aristocrat’s education was not complete without travel abroad to experience other cultures. This rite of passage became known as ‘The Grand Tour’. Travelling through France or the Netherlands and Germany, the main destination was Italy where painting, sculpture and architecture of the highest quality could be viewed and savoured.

To those whose education was based on learning the literature and history of Ancient Rome, Italy had the finest examples in terms of ruins of this most revered civilisation. The Grand Tourist was expected to improve his education and collect suitable examples of art with the skill of a connoisseur. These were then brought back to the ‘great house’ to demonstrate the aristocrat’s evident sophistication and culture.

We embark on a typical tour through France and into Italy to see how these British aristocrats responded to Rome, Naples and exotic Venice with its carnival and courtesans. We will see portraits of the Grand Tourists which included some women, and examples of paintings depicting views of the Italian cities and countryside from collections in the stately homes of Britain.

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