Studies in Art

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The British love of Italy reached its zenith in the last three decades of the eighteenth century, when Florence, Venice, Rome and Naples were full of aristocratic grand tourists, connoisseurs and collectors, artists and dealers.

This course will look at the nature of the Grand Tour and the lure of the antique, which made Rome and its outstanding collections of antique sculpture and archaeological excavations the focus of a journey. It will consider the importance of figures such as Winckelmann and Piranesi who were so admired by the British and the work of Batoni, whose portraits captured the glamour of the Grand Tourist in Rome.


Tuesday 26 February 2008

10.30am
The Evolution of the Grand Tour
Professor Edward Chaney, Southampton Solent University

12.00noon
“Florence is the loveliest city I ever saw”: The British in Eighteenth Century Florence
Hugh Belsey

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Lecture to be confirmed


Tuesday 4 March 2008

10.30am
Satire and Fiction: The Grand Tour in English Literature
John Mullan, Professor of English, University College London

12.00noon
Patronage, Politics and an Ill-defined Profession: How James “Athenian” Stuart Became an Architect
Dr Kerry Bristol, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Antiquity and Fantasy: Piranesi as a Restorer
John Wilton-Ely, Professor Emeritus, University of Hull


Tuesday 11 March

10.30am
Was Thomas Jenkins a Connoisseur?
Dr. Clare Hornsby, British School at Rome

12.00noon
“He is like a matador”; Confrontation and Co-operation in the International Community of Artists in Rome
Tim Wilcox

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
“Art claims Liberty” – Winckelmann and the Greek Ideal
William Vaughan, Professor Emeritus, Birkbeck College


Tuesday 18 March

10.30am
Views of Vesuvius: Sir William Hamilton and the Bourbon Kingdom of Naples and the Two Sicilies
Dr. Kerry Bristol, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds

12.00noon
Thomas Hope and the Ottoman Grand Tour
Dr. Philip Mansel, Editor of The Court Historian, Journal of the Society for Court Studies

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Cosmopolitanism and Xenophobia: The Grand Tour Reconsidered
Professor Jeremy Black, University of Exeter