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Grand Tour Stories at the Chazen Museum of Art
July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Italy has long been a travel destination for artists as well as for tourists. An essential part of artists’ education in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was the opportunity to study the antiquities of Rome and paint the Italian countryside. The tradition of classical landscape painting inspired by ancient Roman poetry, by nature, and by the surviving buildings and ruins led to the proliferation of vedute and capricci, architectural and landscape panoramas that become popular Grand Tour souvenirs. Come hear stories of English eighteenth- and nineteenth-century travelers to Italy who acquired paintings for their country houses and London residences that are now in the Chazen Museum collection.
Pre-concert lecture given by Maria Saffiotti Dale, Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts, Chazen Museum of Art.