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Literary Gibbes: A Book Club Discussion

Left: <i>Roman Forum</i>, Rome, 19th century; Micromosaic set in gold as a brooch, with alternating 6-mm cabochon aquamarines with side gold dots and 5-mm faceted aquamarines around bezel, 54 x 62 mm. Collection of Elizabeth Locke; Photo: Travis Fullerton;  ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Left: Roman Forum, Rome, 19th century; Micromosaic set in gold as a brooch, with alternating 6-mm cabochon aquamarines with side gold dots and 5-mm faceted aquamarines around bezel, 54 x 62 mm. Collection of Elizabeth Locke; Photo: Travis Fullerton; ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Join us for a book-club style discussion in collaboration with Charleston County Public Library inspired by A Return to the Grand Tour: Micromosaic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke. The introduction of micromosaic jewels in Rome, Italy, was prompted, at least in part, by the growing influence of the Grand Tour–a journey undertaken as an educational and cultural rite of passage by well-heeled elites in pursuit of intellectual sophistication and social polish. With subjects ranging from Renaissance paintings to architectural monuments, from contemporary engravings to favorite pets, the micromosaic jewels in Elizabeth Locke's collection reflect the symbiotic evolution linking the craft of mosaic with the narrative of the Grand Tour.

In his romantic comedy A Room with a View, E. M. Forster gently parodies Edwardian manners and social codes, including British tourism in Italy. Lucy Honeychurch must choose between the certainty of a conventional life with Cecil Vyse or the promise of a free-spirited and passionate life with George Emerson, whom she meets while visiting Florence.

Grab a gourmet snack or beverage from The Daily at the Gibbes and join a discussion that will focus on the book and works in the exhibition. Please read the book so you can participate in the discussion.

Participation is free and includes a coupon for discounted Museum admission.

Please contact Becca Hiester if you have any questions at 843.722.2706 x237 or [email protected].

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