Acerbic British art critic Brian Sewell revisits the time-honored tradition of the Grand Tour, travelling to such Italian cities as Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice to offer insight into classical and Renaissance art and culture in his inimitably opinionated style.
This lively, learned excursion through Italy's greatest sights combines art, adventure, and fascinating social history. Three centuries ago, young British aristocrats completed their education with a Grand Tour of Europe. This 10-part series recreates those formative trips, examining the finest works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and other Italian masters and exploring 18th-century manners and mores. Host Brian Sewell's impeccably dry wit, fearless commentary, and racy historical gossip enliven every stop. Like all Athena releases, this four-volume set comes packed with extras and provides an authoritative, entertaining experience for lifelong learning.