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									Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona – The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Istituto Svedese di studi classici, Roma – Istituto Italiano di Cultura ‘C.M.Lerici’, Stockholm

International seminar
Architects’ travels
Swedish-Italian connections in the tradition of the Grand Tour (1830-1950)
Stockholm, October 11th, 2012 - Istituto Italiano di Cultura ‘CM Lerici’

The seminar aims to unfold the reciprocal influences between Italy and Sweden tracing the
intellectual and cultural itineraries architects developed when traveling North/South and vice

The Italian Grand Tour has played a significant role in the history of Swedish art and culture. It has
become an almost uninterrupted tradition in the education of scholars, artists and architects from
Baroque until today, being led by illuminated sovereigns such as Queen Christina, King Gustav III
and King Gustav VI Adolf.
The seminar aims to evaluate how this tradition has influenced Swedish architecture during the
second half of 19th century and the first half of 20th century. Architects’ travelogues and
sketchbooks document the relevance of this tradition, paired by the resonance of reports included
in period publications. Through this documentation it is possible to analyze the evolution of taste
and interests, along with perceptions and images of Italy. These offer a rich and varied repertoire,
from isolated monuments to urban and rural contexts, from classical themes to vernacular
expressions, from highly cultivated architecture to the simplicity of current buildings.

Looking to Italy, the country remained for a long time associated to archaeological excavations,
classical culture and, from the 15th century onwards as the home of urban culture. “Travels to
North” started a new tradition for Italian architects in search for a modern language. This growing
interest is evident in the wide reception the Italian architectural magazines, such as Casabella,
Domus, and L’Architettura, offered to the new trends in Nordic countries, from Classicism to
Functionalism and beyond.

In continuity with the Cooperlink research programme 2009-2011, the Faculty of Architecture of
the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Faculty of Engineering of Università Politecnica
delle Marche in Ancona, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome
and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura ‘Lerici’ in Stockholm, invite scholars and PhD students to
present their studies in the field.
Proposals of papers (max. 500 words) and a short resume must be sent by September 15, 2012 to
the following address:
Antonello Alici: – Johan Mårtelius:
Selected speakers will be informed within a week.

Scientific committee
Johan Mårtelius, Barbro Santillo Frizell, Paolo Luigi Grossi, Saverio Sturm, Antonello Alici

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