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The Artist in Italy, 1780–1840

July 1–September 27, 1996
East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Travel literature and city guides pertaining to the Italian peninsula, published between the late 17th and early 19th centuries, provided a window into the life of artists during this period. Whether conveying a first-person account of his or her journey, supplying the illustrations for guidebooks, surveying the local architecture, or studying sites from antiquity, these books communicate a sense of the priorities and commissions that were available to artists at the time.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Neal Turtell, executive librarian, was curator.