Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.
What do we mean by ‘Grand Tour’? The start of Continental travel for self-improvement and self-fashioning in the early 17th Century, and the political and social changes which promoted it. Early aristocratic interest in Collecting, and influences from abroad. The European and Classical influences on British Art, Architecture and Thought. Who went on the ‘Grand Tour’? Was it a purely British activity?
Which Countries were visited and how did you decide the route? The development of the market in travel guides and maps and the expectations provided by these and existing images. Development of a set itinerary in Italy - Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice. The professional tutor or ‘bear leader’ and the support networks. The journey and the hazards encountered. Letters home and published accounts.
The Depiction of the Grand Tour in Art; of Grand Tourists in portraits and sculpture, of what they saw and visited in landscape painting. Influence of the antique – archaeological excavation and discovery of Greek and Roman sites. The development of the Art Market in ancient and modern Painting and Sculpture including new professional dealers, agents and antiquarians to supply the demands of collectors and tourists.
Field trip to Basildon Park, Berkshire (National Trust) to see twentieth century collections inspired by the Grand Tour. Includes an exhibition of works owned by the connoisseur, collector, and Grand Tour scholar Sir Brinsley Ford - compiler of the Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800.
The afterlife of the Grand Tour – Social Groups and Societies formed on the return home. Contemporary criticisms of the Grand Tour. The ‘Grand Tour’ in the nineteenth and twentieth century, and modern tourism. The long-lasting influence on taste, architecture, collections in houses and museums, and the way we regard them today.
Destination: Basildon Park, Berkshire
Excursion Rating: Moderate
Up to two hours' walk on even ground or up to an hour's walk on rough and/or steep ground or up lots of stairs and steps.