Torino Britannica

The British School at Rome and the Centro Studi Reggia di Venaria Reale in Turin, 19-21 June 2013

Organised by Joanna Kostylo (BSR), Karin Wolfe (BSR), Paola Bianchi (Università della Valle d’Aosta), Andrea Merlotti (Reggia di Venaria), Tommaso Manfredi (Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria), with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Traditional views of the cultural and political phenomenon broadly known as the ‘Grand Tour’ focus on a stereotype of the eighteenth-century British aristocratic traveller resolute on acquiring both cultural artefacts and diplomatic and political know-how from the antique European states, especially those in Italy. More detailed analysis of specific features of the Grand Tour allows for a more insightful assessment of this important historic development during the sixteenth-to- eighteenth centuries.

This conference will introduce and explore a significant aspect of the Grand Tour long neglected by scholars but which formed an integral part of the education and cultural formation of many British travellers: their sojourn at Turin, capital of the Savoy-Piedmont Polity. The conference will also address another overlooked, yet critical feature of this international movement – the Italian side of and contribution to the Grand Tour experience – a phenomenon which may be called a ‘reverse’ Grand Tour; namely, the movement of artists, writers and other protagonists travelling from Turin to Britain and enriching the cultural exchanges between the two.

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Please click here for details of the keynote lecture by Cesare De Seta (Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II)

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