Venice and the Grand Tour

Author(s): 
Redford, Bruce
ISBN: 
0300069111
Date published: 
January 1996
Paperback
Price: 
£20.00
Pages: 
144

For well over a century, the Grand Tour of France and Italy - which included a stay in Venice - served as the ultimate in finishing schools for the young male elite of Great Britain. This fascinating book explores Venice's magnetic hold on the imagination of the Grand Tourist and connects the ideology of the Tour to the mythology of Venice. Drawing on a wide range of materials - from guidebooks to portraits, satirical poems to garden pavilions - Redford investigates Venice's power of attraction for the English and shows that it was a source of many echoes and metaphors of England's own cultural, political and geographical situation.