The harbor of Oporto, Portugal

Across Northern Spain and PortugalExploring Historic Paradores and Pousadas

Stay in historic lodgings as you journey from Lisbon and Oporto to Santiago, Bilbao, the Pyrenees and Barcelona
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Dianne Konz
May 13 - 29, 2014; Sep 23 - Oct 9, 2014; Sep 18 - Oct 4, 2015
Dianne Konz is an independent scholar specializing in Iberia and the Western Mediterranean. She has been a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and a Ford Foundation Fellow, and has studied and conducted research in Spain on several occasions. Dianne received her doctorate in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, and has served on the faculty at UT as well as at George Washington University. Since 1992, Dianne has led numerous Smithsonian Study Tours to Spain and Portugal. She has also lectured on Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco and Italy (including Sicily) as a Smithsonian speaker aboard various cruise lines. Dianne’s particular passion is the integration of the arts –architecture, painting, literature, music, gastronomy – with the history and politics of their time. On this new itinerary, Dianne will focus on the stunning beauty and cultural diversity of Northern Iberia, including the origins of Spain and Portugal in the north-west, the flourishing of art and architecture along the Medieval pilgrimage routes to Santiago, the Basque Country and its culture, and the explosion of 20th century Modernism in Catalonia’s dynamic capital, Barcelona.

Rafael Chacón
May 12 - 28, 2015
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. Dr. Chacón has led numerous successful travel abroad trips to Italy and has been a speaker for the Smithsonian Journeys program in western, central, and eastern Europe.