In an era when ease of travel is greater than ever, it is also easy to overlook the degree to which voyages of the body – and mind – have generated an outpouring of artistry and creativity throughout the ages. Exploration of new lands and sensations is a fundamental human experience. This volume in turn provides a stimulating and adventurous exploration of the theme of travel from an art-historical perspective. Topical regions are covered ranging from the Grand Tour and colonialism to the travels of Hadrian in ancient times and Georgia O’Keeffe’s journey to the Andes; from Vasari’s Neoplatonic voyages to photographing nineteenth-century Japan. The scholars assembled consider both imaginary travel, as well as factual or embellished documentation of voyages. The essays are far-reaching spatially and temporally, but all relate to how art has documented the theme of travel in varying media across time and as illustrated and described by writers, artists, and illustrators. The scope of this volume is far-reaching both chronologically and conceptually, thereby appropriately documenting the universality of the theme to human experience.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I: Travel of Great Import: Culture, Class, and Politics; Chapter 1 by Monica Anke Hahn: "Images of Novelties:" The Adorned Body in John Webber’s A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing ;Chapter 2 by Alice Walkiewicz: The Humor of Circumstance: Caricature and the Foreign Tour of the British Middle Class; Chapter 3 by Chad Airhart: Tours of the Charleston Renaissance and the Visual Construction of Southern Charm: A Comparison of Local versus Visiting Artists; Part II: Travel on a Smaller Scale: Voyages in the Familiar; Chapter 4 by Elsie Heung: Elevated in the City: Ashcan Realism and the Visualization of the "El" Train in New York City, 1900–30; Chapter 5 by Anna Piperato: The Palio of Siena: A Journey through Time; Chapter 6 by Stephen Cartwright: Quantified Drift; Part III: Imaginary Travel and Travel of the Mind; Chapter 7 by Gerald Hess: Itinerant Hadrian and Imperial Patronage Belonging to all the World; Chapter 8 by Liana De Girolami Cheney: Giorgio Vasari's Planetary Ceiling: A Neoplatonic Voyage; Chapter 9 Going back to the Beginning of Things: The Ancient Origins of the Arts of France; Part IV: Trail Blazers: Travel for the Brave; Chapter 10 Zaida Ben–Yusuf Chapter 11 Beyond the European Grand Tour: The Travels and Related Writings of Marguerite Thompson Zorach; Chapter 12 Women in High Places: Georgia O’Keeffe; Conclusion
Sarah J. Lippert is Associate Professor of Art History, University of Michigan-Flint, USA.