Rathdrum Historical Society Talk 5th November

The notion of travelling abroad on holiday for the masses is a relatively new phenomenon. Not so for the classically educated male members of the northern European ruling class, including many from Ireland, in centuries past. Jessica Fahy, a freelance art historian, will be returning to the Rathdrum Historical Society on Monday 5th November to trace the origins of the practice of the Grand Tour through France and Italy undertaken by this elite group to complete their education. The lecture will look at the development of the Grand Tour with a particular emphasis on the artistic experience of the traveller. Further areas including historical and social context will be discussed along with the specific goals of the travels as well as some of the less high-brow activities!

Jessica Fahy has been teaching and researching European Art History for over ten years. She teaches art history courses for UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, the National Gallery of Ireland’s Community Outreach Programme as well as other lectures and talks for the gallery and she is on the panel of lecturers for the Hugh Lane Gallery. Jessica also runs her own courses, leads art history tours and trips and gives talks for both public and private events. Jessica has a MLitt in Art History from UCD where she also received her undergraduate degree with English as her joint major. She completed her MA in Italian Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2007. Her website address is www.jessicafahyarthistorian.com

Having spoken before to the Society in a very informative and entertaining manner Jessica  will, no doubt, do so again when she delivers her talk on the fascinating tale of the Grand Tour on Monday, 5th November in the RDA Annex at 8.00 pm. Please note the change of venue where all will be welcome.


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