The Evolution of the Grand Tour: Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations Since the Renaissance

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Taylor & Francis, 2000 - History - 426 pages
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The Grand Tour has become a subject of major interest to scholars and general readers interested in exploring the historic connections between nations and their intellectual and artistic production. Although traditionally associated with the eighteenth century, when wealthy Englishmen would complete their education on the continent, the Grand Tour is here investigated in a wider context, from the decline of the Roman Empire to recent times.
Authors from Chaucer to Erasmus came to mock the custom but even the Reformation did not stop the urge to travel. From the mid-sixteenth century, northern Europeans justified travel to the south in terms of education. The English had previously travelled to Italy to study the classics; now they travelled to learn Italian and study medicine, diplomacy, dancing, riding, fencing, and, eventually, art and architecture. Famous men, and an increasing proportion of women, all contributed to establishing a convention which eventually came to dominate European culture. Documenting the lives and travels of these personalities, Professor Chaney's remarkable book provides a complete picture of one of the most fascinating phenomena in the history of western civilisation.

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Professor Chaney gained a first class honours degree in History of Art at Reading University and completed an MPhil and PhD at the Warburg Institute, University of London.

From 1978/1985 he lived in Florence where he was ricercatore at the European University Institute, an Associate of Harvard University's Villa I Tatti, and taught at the University of Pisa. From 1985/90 he was the Shuffrey Research Fellow in Architectural History at Lincoln College, Oxford. He subsequently worked for English Heritage and lectured in the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.

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