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Rafael Chacón

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H. Rafael Chacón is Professor of Art History and Criticism at The University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his doctorate in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in Renaissance sculpture. He has written on a range of topics related to Renaissance and Baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. northwest during the late 19th century. Rafael has led numerous successful travel abroad trips to Italy and has been an expert for Smithsonian Journeys programs in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.

What Our Travelers Say

Wonderful, interesting lecturer and very well prepared. Rafael made the trip exceptional and that's how we describe the difference between Smithsonian and other tours.

- Barbara M.

Rafael is a passionate teacher and a talented lecturer. His presentations were completely engaging, enjoyable, and memorable. He is thoughtful, clever, funny, and informed. He has a particular talent for customizing his presentations for the particular audience. He was, in a word, superb.

- Cate F.

Lectures were excellent. A deligtful personality and very knowledgeable. Great contribution to the trip.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Rafael was very knowledgeable and an outstanding lecturer. I learned so much - and he was always most approachable, kind, and accomodating.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

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Upcoming Tours

Egypt and the Eternal Nile

15 days | Starting at: $4,897
Feb 23, 2017 - Mar 9, 2017

Featuring an Optional Extension to Petra, Jordan
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Waterways of Russia

12 days | Starting at: $5,695
Jun 28, 2017 - Jul 9, 2017

A Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow Aboard the 109-guest Volga Dream
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Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

15 days | Starting at: $4,978
Oct 12, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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