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(Aug 04, 2009)
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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I really enjoyed the unique and personal perspective of this documentary, which follows the trail of the "Grand Tour" taken by aristocratic young Englishmen during the 18th... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. N. Nielsen
I'm planning a trip and thought DVDs would augment paper guides in choosing which cities to visit & for how long. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jane Doe
Brian Sewell is an eccentric and can be annoying sometimes. He seems to be somewhat of a snob. Less time spent on the tacky masquerade ball in Venice would have been appreciated... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mandogirl
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 20 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 on October 20, 2013 by Reggie Hughes