Cruising the Rivieras of Italy, France, and Spain
Cruise along famous Mediterranean rivieras from Rome to Barcelona and explore hidden gems and cosmopolitan haunts of the rich and famous. During your voyage, you'll be immersed in the area's dynamic history, inimitable art and culture, and stunning scenery.
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Mariana Carpinisan is an art historian who lives in Paris and works as an independent curator and art advisor. From 2010 to 2011 she worked in Abu Dhabi as a Senior Manager and Head of Education, Public Programs & Publications at the United Arab Emirates TDIC, collaborating with AFM/Louvre, the British Museum, and the Guggenheim. While living in Washington, D.C. from 1995-2010, Mariana worked as an independent curator and art critic. She has maintained a long relationship with the Smithsonian, as a study leader for more than 60 Smithsonian journeys and as a lecturer for other Smithsonian programs. She has also held positions as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and assistant curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Born in Romania, Mariana was educated in Europe and the United States and is fluent in five languages.
Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, New York. She has lectured for many years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, and has served as the lecturer on trips world-wide for both institutions. A former resident of Paris, she recently returned from St. Petersburg, Russia, where she was Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Art History at European University as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Dr. Benton is the author of eight art history books (with translations into French, Chinese, and Farsi), as well as numerous scholarly articles published in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and elsewhere. She holds degrees/diplomas from Harvard University, Brown University, George Washington University, and Cornell University.