A glance at the Grand Tour


Palazzo Branciforte hosts a display of 52 graphic works and 16 volumes made between 1776 and 1845 from the collections of Fondazione Sicilia, which make an exquisite exhibition dedicated to the Grand Tour and promoted by Fondazione Sicilia with the support of Civita Sicilia.

Between the 18th and 19th centuries, Sicily was a favourite regular destination of travellers who would cross Europe to improve their education and feel the taste of adventure. The Grand Tour was the opportunity for artists to paint stunning views and landscapes, which then became also engravings and were published in rare volumes of the time.

The exhibition illustrates the theme of the Classical world, a driving force for travellers to set off on a long trip to Sicily. Among the authors stand out names such as Louis-Francois Cassas, Jean-Pierre Louis Laurent Houel, Claude Louis Chatelet, Luigi Mayer and Franz Hegui only to name a few.

The exhibition provides a wealth of educational events. Every day at 6:30 pm individual visitors can enjoy a one-hour guided tour for the cost of €5.00 and it is possible to book a tour in Italian and English for groups.

25 july – 1 november 2015

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