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The Grand Tour ~ M.S. Rau Antiques

[from Resource Library] 08/12/2013
.... The requisite stops were Paris, Florence, Venice and Rome. Travel was really only possible for the privileged class and the time an individual spent traveling was a vital part of his educational experience....... Almost certainly a souvenir from a Grand Tour this exceptional piece is a beautiful reminder of the grandeur of ancient Rome....... This remarkable antique Italian sculpture is a faithful model of ruins of the Temple of Roman Emperors Vespasian and Titus in Rome... Read More »

The official weblog of M.S. Rau Antiques » 2012 » November

.... In 1822, Gott went to Rome as many artists did during the time. The inexpensive lifestyle, beautiful landscape and readily available artist materials made it a haven for artists like Gott....... And like many artists, Rome was to be Gott’s base for the rest of his life. A contemporary of John Gibson and Richard James Wyatt, who were also based in Rome, Gott set himself apart from his fellow expatriate sculptors, avoiding high moral or obscure mythological themes... Read More »

The official weblog of M.S. Rau Antiques » 2013 » July

.... These young men would spend time traveling throughout Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome visiting the great masterpieces of art and architecture that they had studied throughout their time in school... Read More »

The official weblog of M.S. Rau Antiques » 2013 » May

...” as it is often called, became popular in the 18 th and 19 th centuries as a bold accessory. A clever disguise, these canes have roots in ancient Rome and Japan, where similar style weapon canes were carried mainly for ceremonial purposes......pietre dure plaque is comprised of numerous hardstones intricately inlaid to create a “painting of stone.” The art form developed in ancient Rome in the 4th century where the technique was known as opus... Read More »

The official weblog of M.S. Rau Antiques » 2012 » September

.... Micromosaic Necklace, ca 1870. Image from V & A. One of the most desired destinations of the Grand Tour in the late 18 th century was Rome, where the medley of ancient cultures produced artifacts, jewelry and objets d... Read More »