Based on a four-part television series, Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour of Europe is a behind-the-stairs tour of Europe's high spots with some rather spicy detours into continental lowlife. The author proves himself a masterly companion as he peeks behind famous facades and ventures to the wrong side of town on his myth-busting romp through France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. It's an irreverent travel guide like no other.
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Studied Art and Architecture at Cambridge, trained as a theatre designer, then set up his own design, lighting and manufacturing business. Today he concentrates on television work, journalism and product design. He is best known for his series GRAND DESIGNS and GRAND DESIGNS ABROAD which have spawned a monthly magazine of the same name. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an ambassador for WWF and has a number of honorary degrees. He has also appeared as TOP GEAR's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.From Booklist:
Genoa, Florence, Venice, Rome, Athens, and on the return, the Alps––such was a typical grand-tour itinerary for British aristocrats and aesthetes of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Architecture aficionado McCloud replicated the route for a 2009 British television series and now writes the companion volume. He retraced with the intention of connecting the ancient and Renaissance structures at which those past travelers gaped to buildings and styles subsequently prevalent in Britain. Cultural transmission is thus on McCloud’s agenda, and he enthusiastically explores it, accompanied by jaunty commentary about the discomforts of travel then and now. The two strands weave together well, as when McCloud explains how architect Inigo Jones’ Italian trips led to the Georgian style and folds in the flip side of grand touring, namely, gaining gustatory and/or sensual experience (in this case, afforded by rolls of parmesan). The pattern prevails as McCloud progresses to the Roman Forum, the Acropolis, and the alpine vistas that enraptured the romantic Wordsworth—until throngs ruined his solitude. Abundantly illustrated in color, this is down-to-earth, entertaining art history. --Gilbert Taylor
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Descripción Orion Publishing Co. Hardback. Estado de conservación: new. BRAND NEW, Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour of Europe, Kevin McCloud, Loosely following in the footsteps of the most notorious grand tourists Kevin clambers in, on and amongst the greatest buildings, ruins and cities in Europe and also veers drastically off the official path to visit the brothels, bathhouses and drinking dens which formed the other half of the grand tourists' experiences. This accumulation of sights sounds and smells allows a sense of what it must have been like for a callow Briton to have come face to face with the heat and the noise, the drama and still living history of the civilisations of Europe. As always, Kevin, who speaks French and Italian fluently, is an entertaining and masterly companion as we delve behind the facades we all think we know so well. Nº de ref. de la librería B9780297859567
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