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Stephen Clancy

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Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Stephen taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Stephen is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations.

Stephen worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Stephen’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture. He has served as lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.

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Upcoming Tours

Waterways of Holland and Belgium

9 days | Starting at: $3,290
Apr 8, 2019 - Apr 16, 2019

A River Cruise from Amsterdam to Antwerp Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver III
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France Through the Ages

15 days | Starting at: $5,797
Apr 22, 2019 - May 6, 2019
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Spain’s Andalusia

9 days | Starting at: $3,740
May 9, 2019 - May 17, 2019

A One-Week Stay in Antequera
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Southern France

13 days | Starting at: $5,297
Aug 26, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019

Featuring Languedoc, the Pyrénées, and Provence
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A Danube River Cruise

15-16 days | Starting at: $5,240
Sep 12, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019

From Bulgaria to Germany and the Czech Republic Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver
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Portrait of Portugal: Cruising the Douro

12 days | Starting at: $4,240
Oct 1, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019

With three nights in Lisbon
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