1960年，美國建築師麥可•葛瑞夫在未設計出令人驚豔的摩天樓及經典鳥鳴壺前，年輕的他決定要前往歐洲為自己完成一場偉大的旅途。得到法國巴黎藝術院頒發的羅馬大獎獎學金(Prix de Rome)，葛瑞夫前往義大利、希臘、土耳其、西班牙、英國、及法國旅行，學習及記錄歷史上偉大的藝術作品及現代建築設計。本書收錄麥可•葛瑞夫在這段歐洲之旅所創作的偉大藝術作品，精巧的鉛筆速寫及水墨畫作搭配全彩圖片，從古羅馬廣場、雅典衛城及巨石陣，宛如走進葛瑞夫的世界，與他一同探索歐洲之美。透過這本作品理解葛瑞夫創作的靈感來源，經典的建築與畫作似乎透露出葛瑞夫早期作品對現代主義的忠誠與熱愛。
In 1960, before his skyscrapers and teapots made him a household name, Michael Graves set out on a journey once considered obligatory for a young architect: a grand tour of the great monuments of Europe. As a recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome, Graves traveled through Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, England, Germany, and France, studying and recording the masterworks of both ancient and modern architecture. "Michael Graves: Images of A Grand Tour" collects for the first time the stunning artwork produced during this trip. Delicate pencil sketches, striking ink washes, and colorful photographs show the deep connection Graves had to the places he visited, from the Roman Forum to the Grecian Acropolis to Wiltshires Stonehenge. They also tell something of the education of an architect, bringing to light the classical buildings that caused Graves to reexamine his early devotion to modernism. A foreword by Graves reflects on these travels from the distance of forty years, while author Brian Ambroziak puts the tour into the context of Graves's life and work.