Gender on the Grand Tour

Posted in books, Member News by Editor on August 6, 2009

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Italy's Eighteenth Century: Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour (Stanford University Press, 2009), ISBN 978-0804759045, 504 pages, 51 illustrations, $65

A new collection of essays co-edited by Wendy Wassyng Roworth recently was published by Stanford University Press. Italy’s Eighteenth-Century: Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour, edited by Roworth, Paula Findlen, and Catherine Sama, “illuminates the social and cultural landscape of eighteenth-century Italy by exploring how questions of gender in music, art, literature, science, and medicine shaped perceptions of Italy in the age of the Grand Tour.” The essays grew out of a 2002 conference held in conjunction with the Getty’s trio of exhibitions on the Grand Tour (and co-sponsored by UCLA’s Center for Seventeenth-Century Studies).

Among the thirteen essays appears Roworth’s own contribution, “‘The Residence of the Arts’: Angelica Kauffman’s Place in Rome” (fellow HECAA member Christopher Johns is also represented with “Gender and Genre in the Religious Art of the Catholic Enlightenment”).

In January, Roworth spoke at a conference in Rome on Salvator Rosa, co-sponsored by Università di Roma and Bibliotheca Hertziana; an expanded version of the paper is scheduled to appear later in the fall in Salvator Rosa e il suo tempo, 1615-1673. At the annual ASECS meeting this past spring in Richmond, Roworth presented  “A ‘Tour of Painters’: Visits to Artists’ Studios
and Galleries in London.”

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