Well before the eighteenth-century tradition of the Grand Tour, which drew many artists, writers and scholars to the Eternal City, sixteenth-century European artists embarked on the Journey to Rome, a signal event in the history of art. Nearly all artists made this trip, travelling from Flanders, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and from even further afield. They hastened there to see and to learn, to copy antique works, to study Raphael, Michelangelo and other masters, and to join their workshops where their presence is rarely attested and where they might be given a commission. This volume by Nicole Dacos represents a lifes work. An expert on the Raphael Loggias, among other subject areas, Dacos has extensively studied the Journey to Rome, and offers step-by-step reconstructions of artists itineraries gleaned from their works.

Nicole Dacos was lecturer at the Brussels and Siena universities. In 2007 she was awarded the Culturi di Roma Prize of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Romani.