Exhibition Lecture by Carole Paul Travel and Remembrance: Experiencing the Grand Tour and Bringing It Back Home

  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

240 Art Building West

The practice of collecting artworks as mementos of one’s travels, as Alden Lowell Doud did, dates back to the Grand Tour. The biggest attraction of the tour’s culmination in Italy was the wealth of great art and architecture—ancient, medieval, and Renaissance—that visitors could study and enjoy. The desire of travelers not only to see artworks and monuments in situ, but to bring back memories captured in an object, gave rise to the souvenir industry in the eighteenth century. Carole Paul’s talk will explore the pleasures of Italy’s art and architecture for Grand Tour travelers and the many forms in which they brought its influence home, from small souvenirs to actual artworks to interior decoration.

 Carole Paul is a scholar of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art in Italy. Her recent work concerns the history of museums and collections in the early modern period, especially in Rome. Her publications include The Borghese Collections and the Display of Art in the Age of the Grand Tour (2008) and, as editor, The First Modern Museums of Art: The Birth of an Institution in 18th- and Early-19th-Century Europe (2012).

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