Co-Hosted by the Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter and the ICAA National Office
Wolf Burchard, assistant curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s British Galleries, will provide a private tour of Lansdowne House - Dining Room, designed by Robert Adam (1728-1792), one of England’s most important architects. The House, considered one of his most beautiful designs, was originally in London’s Berkley Square. The Dining Room was built to showcase fine antique statues in classical niches and is one of Adam’s finest rooms. The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the room in 1931. Robert Adams revolted against the Rococo; he looked to the beauty of antiquity and, in doing so, created a revolution in style with his interpretation of the Neoclassical. In 1757, he traveled to Split, Croatia, from Italy while on his Grand Tour. His purpose was to study the 4th century AD Diocletian’s palace. It became the inspiration for this room and many of his other designs.
Hopefully, visiting this room will inspire you to look back to antiquity and learn more about the enduring beauty of classicism in interior design, furniture, and decorative arts. Train your eye to see in interiors; harmony, balance, symmetry, proportion, and clarity. These same principles can be applied to your designs today. Bring order out of chaos to create better states of mind. The good, true, and beautiful are interrelated.
Image credit: Lansdowne Dining Room, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Domain
Cost: per the Metropolitan Museum of Art's admission.