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Grand Tour Sculpture Pair of Spheres Italian Specimen Marble Breccia Semesanto

after 1800

$1,500

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a very interesting piece of story and tradition in fact these two spheres made in the specimen and rare marble, called by ancient roman "Breccia a Semesanto" represent an iconic point of view of the Ancient Roman time and the grand tour. This Breccia is used by ancient roman and could be found in alot of sites and places that show the discovered treasures of the ancient Roma, and is a really Timepiece. The Grand Tour was the 17th- and 18th-century custom of a traditional trip through Europe undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank (typically accompanied by a chaperone, such as a family member) when they had come of age (about 21 years old). The custom — which flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s and was associated with a standard itinerary — served as an educational rite of passage. Though the Grand Tour was primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, similar trips were made by wealthy young men of other Protestant Northern European nations, and, from the second half of the 18th century, by some South and North Americans. By the mid-18th century, the Grand Tour had become a regular feature of aristocratic education in Central Europe as well, although it was restricted to the higher nobility. The tradition declined as enthusiasm for neo-classical culture waned, and with the advent of accessible rail and steamship travel—an era in which Thomas Cook made the "Cook's Tour" of early mass tourism a byword. The New York Times in 2008 described the Grand Tour in this way: Three hundred years ago, wealthy young Englishmen began taking a post-Oxbridge trek through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization. With nearly unlimited funds, aristocratic connections and months (or years) to roam, they commissioned paintings, perfected their language skills and mingled with the upper crust of the Continent.

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  • Creation Year
    after 1800
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.73 in. (12 cm)Diameter: 4.73 in. (12 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU135017030952

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