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March 31, 2011
Paula Findlen, Wendy Wassyng Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama, eds. Italy's Eighteenth Century: Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. 504 pp.; 51 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780804759045)
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Following an efflorescence of critical work on the subject over the last twenty-five years, the European Grand Tour has emerged as a focus of innovative interdisciplinary scholarship. The significance of ancient and Renaissance art to the Grand Tour itinerary—together with the emergence of modern display practices and attendant opportunities for the exercise of aesthetic judgment—have conspired to guarantee the Grand Tour’s special appeal to art historians. The subject’s enduring interest is surely also due to...