Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Eric Denker

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Eric Denker is a 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. Eric 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 Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s Washington Semester, Eric 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 seven books and catalogues, his most recent work is Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940. He is the author of numerous articles for guidebooks about Venice and Italy. 

What Our Travelers Say

I very much like the educational aspect of Smithsonian Journeys...the knowledge of their Experts and their ability to relate that knowledge to us.

- Ellen V.

Eric is extremely knowledgeable, personable and affable. He is completely at home in Venice and seems to know everyone and they all know him. He was always doing little things for the group, seemingly on the spur of the moment, like buying us all ice cream cones or organizing a gondola ferry ride across the Grand Canal, which added a lot to the fun of the experience.

- Martha S.