The water-laced city of Venice lies suspended between reality and fantasy. Experience the unique pleasures of this ethereal city on this tour featuring rare access to amazing art collections, after-hours tours, and a visit to a glassblowing factory.
- Insights from the West of Ireland
- Fabulous shots from Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter
- Visiting Mount Fuji, by way of rural Japan
- Saturday in Pamplona
Bruna Caruso, a native Venetian and an art historian, provides travelers with an insiders understanding of Venice. Bruna has worked with the citys Superintendent of Art, cataloguing works of art and teaching about the evolution of Venetian painting.
Dr. Eric Denker is the Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, where he has been since 1978. From 1998 to 2006, Eric also served jointly as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active exhibition schedule that included the catalogue and show of Whistler and his Circle in Venice. Denker attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he is now a Trustee as well as the President of the Friends of the Trout Gallery. He received his doctorate from the University of Virginia. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s Washington Semester, Denker frequently lectures in Italy for the Smithsonian Institution and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. He is the co-author, with Judith Martin, of the 2007 No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice, exploring the contemporary visitor’s passions for the unique lagoon city. Eric is the author of 7 books and catalogues, his most recent work Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940. He is the author of numerous articles for guidebooks about Venice and Italy.