Grand Tour

Mit Goethe durch das alte Italien

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Grand Tour
Mit Goethe durch das alte Italien

Photographs by Carlo Naya, Giorgio Sommer, T. Tagliarini u.a., A. Tagliarini, Giacomo Brogi, introduction by Andrea Amerio, graphic design by Maurizio Bartomioli

German, English

2013. 144 pp., 64 ills.

bound in silk

33.90 x 48.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3618-3

Large, magnificent volume with spectacular early Italian photographs from the nineteenth century

Excerpts from Goethe’s Italian Journey accompany the gelatin silver prints, some of which are hand-colored

“Know’st thou the land where lemon trees do bloom, and oranges like gold in leafy gloom . . . .” In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a journey to Italy was considered an indispensable part of a young man’s education. On arduous coach journeys, they pursued the trail of ancient Rome and the Renaissance to Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples. Artists soon followed them, and thus yearning also led Johann Wolfgang von Goethe south from 1786 to 1788.

Goethe’s Italian Journey vividly conveys his profound enthusiasm but also depicts well-organized, early tourism. Just seventy years later, the first photographers captured stations on the Grand Tour on gelatin silver plates. Giorgio Sommer (1834–1914), like Goethe from Frankfurt am Main, and Carlo Naya (1816–1882) produced intensely poetic views of St. Mark’s Square, the Colosseum, a smoking Vesuvius, and beautiful fisherwomen on Capri. — Do these dreamlike pictures show us what Goethe saw?

This extra-large volume juxtaposes quotes from Goethe with the corresponding images.

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