Firetti Contemporary opens 'The Grand Tour: A photographic journey in Italy'

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, June 13, 2024


Firetti Contemporary opens 'The Grand Tour: A photographic journey in Italy'
Wilhelm von Gloeden,, Il tempio di Segesta, Sicilia, 1890c.



DUBAI.- Firetti Contemporary announced the opening of The Grand Tour: A photographic journey in Italy.

For the first time in the United Arab Emirates, forty vintage photographs and four original albums by the most prominent photographers working in Italy between 1850 and 1890 are being exhibited, allowing viewers to experience the beauty and grandeur of Italy's scenic history. Visitors will enjoy the nostalgia of “must-see” tour destinations in famous cities such as Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Palermo, Taormina, and others.

Curated by Michele Bonuomo and Mara Firetti, the exhibition includes the great works of legendary photographers such as Alfred Noack, Carlo Naja, Leopoldo Alinari, Giacomo Brogi, Alphonse Bernoud, Edmond Behles, Robert Rive, Giorgio Sommer, and Gioacchino Altobelli, James (Domenico) Anderson, Robert MacPherson, Giacomo Caneva, Antonio, and Paolo Francesco D’Alessandri, Giovanni Crupi, Giuseppe Incorpora, Wilhelm Plüschow, Wilhelm von Gloeden, and Achille Mauri.

Created to capture memories of the cultural heritage which formed part of their identity, The Grand Tour was an exciting journey developed by legendary photographers, who set out to tour the great cities of Europe seeking history and art. Their journey took them through famous capitals such as London and Saint Petersburg, to the iconic cities of Italy, or the ancient “garden of the empire,” as referred to by the famous philosopher Dante Alighieri.

The photographs, which were among the most sought-after souvenirs of their adventures, were usually produced by Europe’s major photographers of the second half of the nineteenth century, at a time when owning a camera was a privilege enjoyed by only a few. At the end of the seventeenth century, The Grand Tour had evolved into a cultural education ritual for Europe's young aristocrats, serving as a training trip with an itinerary that included the sites of Classic and Renaissance culture. Meeting new people and learning about their own origins, allowed them to gaze upon, romantically contemplate, and admire the ruins of a great civilization such as ancient Rome, as well as the Renaissance art and architecture that inspired many Northern European artists.

The Grand Tour was synonymous with wealth and cultural appeal. Italy was the preferred destination because it was – and still is – rich in works of art and remains of ancient architecture which, for the European culture of the day, represented both the essence of the Roman world and the Renaissance. By the middle of the nineteenth century, many tourists were visiting Italy. And if up to that moment the most popular “souvenirs” were engravings and paintings of landscapes and monuments, they were quickly eclipsed by photography.

Given that photography was in its infancy, and used only by professionals, most travellers who didn't own cameras purchased these pictures as keepsakes along stops of their trips. By the early 1850s, The Grand Tour had begun championing the rapid development of photography and its respective markets, with countless photographic studios springing up and flourishing primarily in the art cities of its itinerary.

As the market continued to grow, studios began exploring different sale strategies, eventually producing albums that contained a series of images representing summaries of the cities, their monuments, works of art, panoramas, and everything worth seeing. Urban architecture often took second place to archaeological ruins: the Roman Forum was more photographed than Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the excavations at Pompeii more than the Bay of Naples.

Today photographs are amongst the most collected memorabilia, with entire platforms dedicated to the storage and compilation of online albums by both professional photographers and everyone else. While recent advances in technology have made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to instantly take and view high-resolution images, nothing compares to the nostalgia and rich history of vintage photography.

With this exhibition, Firetti Contemporary opens its doors to cross-cultural exchange of Italian history and culture through the medium of photography.










Today's News

September 4, 2022

Investigators, citing looting, have seized 27 antiquities from the Met

Koller to offer a fine selection of works by Northern European masters

Pace exhibits intimate works made by Adolph Gottlieb in his final months

Garvey│Simon opens its new gallery space with 'Reality Check: Shifting Perspectives'

The Carolee Schneemann Foundation announces new Board President Sara M. Vance Waddell

Nellie Mae Rowe levels the wall between Insider and Outsider Art

Science is on his dance card

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard exhibits new works by the artist Janaina Tschäpe

Presa House Gallery debuts two new solo exhibitions

Firetti Contemporary opens 'The Grand Tour: A photographic journey in Italy'

An Odissi dancer charts new paths in 'the Land of Discovery'

The sound of the Vikings, with a heavy metal twist

ART FOR CHANGE commissions a new collection of prints by six Latinx artists for the 2022 Armory Show

Gallerie d'Italia, Museums of Intesa Sanpaolo, announce autumn 2022 programme

Original acrylic and screenprint on canvas by Warhol to be offered at MBA Seattle Auction House

Galeria Jaqueline Martins Sao Paulo opens an exhiition of works by Adriano Amaral

Priska Pasquer Gallery opens Jane Benson: Re-Assembly

Lehmann Maupin opens an exhibition of new work by pioneering Chicago-based artist McArthur Binion

Foreland opens special exhibition with the Columbia Collective

Archie Roach, who lived and sang the Aboriginal blues, dies at 66

Radio Art Zone exhibition by Mobile Radio and Radio ARA on view in Luxembourg

Awol Erizku now represented by Sean Kelly

Cottone Auctions announces highlights included in late summer Fine Art & Antiques auction

Three curatorial appointments at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Attorneys
Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful