CLS 132 — The 18th-Century Grand Tour: From London to Naples
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Nov 12
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Instructor(s): William Eddelman
Sep 24—Nov 12
In 18th-century Britain, a Grand Tour on the continent was considered essential in the lives of young aristocrats. Its primary value lay in the exposure to Classical antiquity, the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and fashionable aspects of society. This Grand Tour developed into an event featuring elaborate cultural and social activities (theater, music, festivities, celebrations, and political and class exchanges) that exposed aristocrats to new artistic developments on the continent, and the riches offered by the past. Art and culture combined to create varied city experiences and new worlds to explore. In surveying the Grand Tour, we will “revisit” these past worlds through, among other things, the works of the great “view painters” of the period. The course will start in London and then go to Paris, continuing on to Dresden, Munich, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, and Pompeii. Finally, we will return to England to see paintings and sculptures acquired on the tour and notice the influences on 18th-century Georgian Britain. The lure of the European continent was always there and these aristocrats could experience Europe’s cultural and artistic richness before the age of mass tourism. There will be numerous visual images presented during the course.
William Eddelman, Associate Professor of Design and Theater History, Emeritus, Theater & Performance Studies, StanfordWilliam Eddelman specializes in theater, art, and cultural history. He has taught several times at the Stanford Program in Berlin and led tours to Europe for the Stanford Travel/Study alumni program. Beyond Stanford, he has designed productions for many professional Bay Area theaters. Additionally, he is currently building a research library in international theater design for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.