Carole Paul presents "Travel and Remembrance: Experiencing the Grand Tour and Bringing it Back Home"

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
Event Location: 
240 Art Building West
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

The practice of collecting artworks as mementos of one’s travels, as represented by the Doud Collection, dates back to the Grand Tour.  One of the biggest attractions of the tour’s culmination in Italy was the wealth of great art and architecture, ancient, medieval, and early modern, that visitors enjoyed in various ways.  The desire of travelers not only to see artworks and monuments in situ but also to bring them back so that they could remember and relive their sojourns at home gave rise to the beginnings of the souvenir industry in the eighteenth century.  This talk will explore the pleasures of Italy’s art and architecture for Grand Tourists 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 various publications include The Borghese Collections and the Display of Art in the Age of the Grand Tour (2008) and The First Modern Museums of Art: The Birth of an Institution in 18th- and Early-19th-Century Europe (2012).

This event is co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the Obermann Center's 18th/19th-century Interdisciplinary Working Group.