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Wedgwood - The Grand Tour

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Brief video (5 minutes) on The Grand Tour

Starting in the late sixteenth century, young men with means set off on their grand tour, a trip through Europe where stops to Paris and extensive travel throughout Italy was compulsory as the knowledge gleaned from Greco-Roman statues, ancient ruins, architecture and paintings signified a true education.  In those times, few museums existed for cultural immersion.  The only way to experience the past and become erudite was to travel through Europe making the Grand Tour a social and educational rite of passage.  Participants in The Grand Tour included architects and collectors who influenced Wedgwood along with those whose taste for the antique became his customers.

 

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