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In the 18th century, well-bred English gentlemen would undertake a Grand Tour of the Continent for refinement--as well as for drinking, gambling, and sexual adventures--before assuming their place in society. Now, Brian Sewell follows the footsteps of those young aristocrats through Italy, exploring the art and architecture, manners and mores that shaped European civilization.
With unmatched erudition and understated wit, this distinguished British art critic lovingly examines Italy’s grandest cultural treasures. His journey takes him through Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Siena, and Milan, with plenty of stops along the way. More than a mere travelogue, this fascinating series showcases the country’s dazzling cathedrals, palazzos, paintings, and sculptures while also giving insight into the travels and travails of tourists past.
Brian Sewell writes for the London Evening Standard and advises museums on three continents. His numerous awards include the Hawthornden Prize for Art Criticism and the George Orwell Prize for cultural commentary.
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Sewell is a total bore and hard to understand.
Granted, Rome was in ruins at the time of the Renaissance and only a shadow of its former self, but his callous dismissal of the city was unconscionable.
Just watched it for a second time, because it is wonderful to have an Art Historian's view on so many places and pieces of art.
Iv never seen this presenter , but his pithy, fussy, and all around disregard for pretty touristy art ,made this look at italy and its importance in history,then reromantisiced in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bryan blackburn
Sewell is a total bore and hard to understand. The photography is excellent. Bad choice for a narrator in my opinionPublished 13 months ago by Reggie Hughes
I think this was a wonderful series. Just watched it for a second time, because it is wonderful to have an Art Historian's view on so many places and pieces of art. Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Carlin