Rome: The Artist and the Grand Tour
3 credits (HAVC-H757-01)
Mar. 22 - 30: Rome
Faculty: Suzanne Scanlan (RISD History of Art & Visual Culture)
This course investigates the role of the artist on The Grand Tour, a cultural pilgrimage through France and Italy made by British aristocrats during the 18th century. Improved infrastructure for tourism and the excavation of antiquities in Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum opened up new markets for artists and offered unique opportunities for them to capitalize on their study and training in Italy. Artists set up studios and workshops in Rome where tourists commissioned portraits, prints, sculpture and decorative objects. Eventually, study on the Grand Tour became an essential component of an artist's education and practice. Students will examine a variety of artworks produced during this pivotal era (and into the 19th and 20th centuries), both in Italy and at the RISD Museum, that represent the dynamic cross-cultural relationships between tourists and artists. The goal of this course is to connect students with a transitional period that solidified links between critical making and art historical scholarship.
There is a REQUIRED trip to Rome over Spring Break.
Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.
Estimated Travel Cost: $3000 – airfare included (cost includes: accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).