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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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.
Ruth MacKay is a historian with special expertise in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and a former journalist. She has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a lecturer. Dr. MacKay worked as a writer and editor for Stanford University, where she was also a visiting scholar. She has published three books on various aspects of early modern Iberia as well as a wide range of academic articles. Dr. MacKay lived in Spain during the 1980s, the famed “transition to democracy” -- a subject she also has written about -- and she returns often to conduct research and visit her former home.
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. 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.