Overview: The Grand Tour, a trip through the European continent undertaken by young aristocrats as part of their education, often culminated with a stay in Rome where works of antiquity were visited and studied. These historic sites were often a particular focus in both literature related to the city and the flourishing print trade. This exhibition brought together a variety of literature including city guides, architectural studies, travel accounts, and published suites of prints, all related to one site in particular: the Pantheon. Some books describe the Pantheon alone, while others include the structure among many others; some works focus on the architecture, while others are more concerned with the role of the building in either ancient or contemporary Rome or both.
Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Neal Turtell, executive librarian, was curator.