In a limited and numbered edition, the Grand Tour by the French painter, who was a portraitist at the French court and fled Paris on the brink of the Revolution.
[A Woman Artist’s Journey through Italy
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun
] The Grand Tour by the French painter, who was a portraitist at the French court and fled Paris in 1789, on the brink of the Revolution, because of her close involvement with the royal family and the aristocracy. An emancipated woman and an artist already famous in her own day, she travelled alone through Italy from Turin to Naples, visiting Parma, Modena, Bologna, Venice, Florence and Rome. This is a record of her artistic and personal experience, but also a wonderful picture of everyday life. A limited and numbered edition that features her striking portraits and colourful landscapes: “It is difficult for me to express the emotion I felt when I entered the city [Naples]. That very bright sunshine, that expanse of sea, those islands glimpsed in the distance, that Vesuvius emitting a large column of smoke and finally all those lively, noisy people so different from those in Rome, everything captivated me.” (Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun)