Soak up the rich history of the Iberian Peninsula as you follow in the wake of ancient Spanish and Portuguese mariners on this extraordinary voyage aboard Sea Cloud II.

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 <i>Sea Cloud II</i>  The medieval Belém Tower in Lisbon  <i>Rabelo</i> boats in Porto  The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela  The city of Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum, set amid the Basque countryside  The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  Sails on the <i>Sea Cloud II</i>

Sailing the Coast of Iberia

From Lisbon to Bilbao Aboard the Sea Cloud II

11 days from $6,990

Soak up the rich history of the Iberian Peninsula as you follow in the wake of ancient Spanish and Portuguese mariners on this extraordinary voyage aboard Sea Cloud II.

or Call 855-330-1542

Expert

May 17 - 27, 2020 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

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 a lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.