Across Northern Spain and Portugal
Stay in historic lodgings as you journey from Lisbon to Barcelona on this tour featuring fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and Pyrenees peaks.
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Marta Staudinger is the Samuel H. Kress Archivist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. She received her B.A. from George Mason University in Art History specializing in Italian Renaissance, Italian Baroque, and European Modernism. Prior to assuming her position at the National Gallery, Marta worked on archival and curatorial projects in many museums in Florence, Italy, including the National Bargello Museum, Medici Chapels, and Casa Martelli. Additionally, Marta lectured on Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art to international scholars and visitors in Florence for many years and led private tours of the city. A former resident of Florence, Marta left Italy to pursue her M.A. in Barcelona at the Universitat de Ramon Llull in Curatorial Studies. Fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, she led private tours in Barcelona focusing on art and architecture from Spanish Modernism and Contemporary Culture. Marta additionally worked at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation and collaborated with the project “Arts combinatòries”. Apart from her work on the Samuel H. Kress Collection History and Conservation Database Project, Marta is an independent curator, photographer, artist, and art critic in Washington DC.
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.
A Smithsonian Journeys expert since 1992, Dianne Konz has led several Smithsonian groups to Spain and Portugal. She has taught Spanish literature, language, and civilization at the University of Texas at Austin and at George Washington University. She has also lectured and published studies on Spanish and Latin American literature, and Spanish culture. Dianne's enthusiasm for Iberia grew from her experiences living and studying in Madrid. Her particular passion is the integration of the cultural arts in the context of their time. She approaches art and architecture, literature, music, and gastronomy as a reflection of a country's history, politics, and geography. Dianne's teachings of Spanish history and civilization include the Moorish and Islamic periodsinvasion, conquest, and occupation of Iberia, and the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic presence in Iberia.
Marta Lamperova has attended the Cannes Film Festival for over a decade and has led several student programs. Her background in the world of film provides a unique perspective on the business and its various aspects -- from buying and distributing to marketing and production. Marta graduated with a degree in psychology from the Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia, and a degree in film studies from the University of Fine Arts VMU. She then worked as a production manager and freelance producer for various production companies in Prague before becoming the managing director of Film Europe in 2008. Currently, Marta works as a lecturer on film marketing strategies at FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts), Europe's top film school, and serves as the head of FAMUs production department. Living in Prague, she is very active in the film business across Europe and works on the Nipkow Program, a training program for television and film professionals.
Francisco García-Serrano earned his M.A and Ph.D. in Medieval Iberian History at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a professor of History in the Department of Humanities at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley, New York University in Madrid, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
His research focuses on the influence of the Mendicant Orders in Spain during the late Middle Ages and on religious identity and interfaith relations. Francisco García-Serrano has published Preachers of the City. The Expansion of the Dominican Order in Castile, 1217-1348 (University Press of the South, 1997), and his most recent contributions to collective books include “Del convento al palacio: los frailes y las oligarquías castellanas (siglos XIII-XIV)”, in Isabel Beceiro Pita, dir., Poder, piedad y devoción. Castilla y su entorno (siglos XII-XV) (Silex, Madrid, 2014), and “The Mendicants as a Mediterranean Phenomenon,” in Taryn Chubb and Emily Kelly, ed., Mendicants and Merchants in the Medieval Mediterranean (Brill, 2013). His current book project, The Friars and Their Impact in Medieval Iberia, contains the collaboration of fifteen international specialists.
Professor García-Serrano also serves as the Director of Ibero-American Studies at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, an academic program that he created. In addition he is the current president of the interdisciplinary association AHLiST (2012-2015) and has organized a number of international conferences.