The Grand Tour in the 18th Century
A NEW VIEW: 18TH CENTURY
The reinstallation in Gallery 202 focuses on the idea of the Grand Tour, a trip made by artists or wealthy northern Europeans who felt that one's education was only complete after a tour of the important cities and sites of Italy. Another section of holdings in that gallery emphasizes the importance of Louis's court at Versailles, which was more or less a trendsetter for other European courts.
Court and Society in the 18th Century
Art of the court in the 18th century features portraits of nobility as well as canvases that appealed to their refined tastes.
Life, Style, and Collecting in the 18th Century
In Gallery 203, objects from the Decorative Arts collection offer insight into 18th-century life, issues of style, and the growing internationalization of the period. There are six themes that are addressed: Miniature Portraits; Chinoiserie; Snuff and Chocolate; Tea and Coffee; Wedgwood; and Renaissance sculpture and metalwork collected by people on the Grand Tour.
Religious Art and the Church in the 18th Century
In Gallery 204 is a small group of 18th century material that was either commissioned by the Church or by church officials, or that depicts religious subject matter. These works are grouped to allow us to focus on the content of the objects.
The reinstallation of Galleries 202–204 has been overseen by Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800.