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Marta Staudinger

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Marta Staudinger is an artist, art historian and curator. She is the Director and Founder of the Latela Art Gallery in Washington DC, voted DC's Best Commercial Art Gallery in 2016. Marta travels three to four times a year lecturing for Smithsonian Journeys in Italy, Portugal and Spain - countries where she also organizes exhibitions and manages artists. She received her B.A. from George Mason University in Art History specializing in Italian Renaissance, Italian Baroque and European Modernism. Prior to founding the Latela Art Gallery, Marta worked on archival and curatorial projects in many museums in Florence, Italy including the National Bargello Museum, Medici Chapels, and Casa Martelli; in Barcelona at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation; and in Washington DC at the National Gallery of Art as the Samuel H. Kress Archivist. Additionally, Marta lectured on Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art to international scholars and visitors in Florence for many years and led private tours around 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. 

What Our Travelers Say

Marta was lovely and always willing to explain things. Her lecture on Gaudi and Barcelona was outstanding!

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Marta did an exceptional job with her letures and adding to the experience. She was delightful.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

She made this trip so much more than a standard tour. I learned so much about the history of art and architecture in Portugal and northern Spain - and thereby got a better understanding of the area's development and culture. She was accessible and a pleasure to know.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Marta made the history and content of the lectures come alive. She was very good at explaining art history and is passionate about the subject. What I really appreciated was her availability and willingness to engage others and to answer any question about the lecture content. She made the lectures a fun learning experience.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Italy's Lake District

Upcoming Tours


9 days | Starting at: $3,840
Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019
May 9, 2020 - May 17, 2020

A One-Week Stay in Spain
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Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

15 days | Starting at: $5,374
Oct 12, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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Highlights of Italy

16 days | Starting at: $5,674
Apr 20, 2020 - May 5, 2020
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Italy's Lake District

9 days | Starting at: $4,340
Sep 15, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020

A One-Week Stay in Stresa Featuring Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Orta
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Across Northern Spain and Portugal

17 days | Starting at: $5,295
Oct 4, 2020 - Oct 20, 2020

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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