Art Capitals of the World: A Transatlantic Voyage Aboard QM2

From St. Petersburg and Paris to London and New York City, the world’s greatest art museums await on this colorful Transatlantic learning adventure aboard the luxurious QM2.
Program No. 23540RJ
21 days
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At a Glance

The gilded decor of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The beckoning pyramids of the Louvre in Paris. The stoic façade of the Tate Modern in London. The lofty arches that adorn the Metropolitan in New York City. Each a work of art in itself, these museums are home to some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces, and you’ll experience each of them — and plenty more — on this expert-led learning adventure through four storied cities. Board the luxurious Queen Mary 2 in England for an educational deep-dive across the Atlantic and into the art world through a series of Road Scholar-exclusive lectures given by an internationally renowned art historian. Color your world with both classic and contemporary masterpieces as you explore four of the world’s great art capitals in Road Scholar style.
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Best of all, you'll ...

  • Embark on expert-led visits to major art collections in Russia, France, the United Kingdom and America.
  • Experience four distinct cities in distinct ways as you fly from St. Petersburg to Paris, ride the Eurostar from Paris to London and cross the Atlantic to NYC aboard the Queen Mary 2.
  • Enjoy a series of exclusive lectures by internationally renowned art historian Matthew Palczynski aboard the Queen Mary 2.
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Matthew Joseph Palczynski
Matthew Palczynski is an art historian with a Ph.D. in art history who believes in putting the participant first, making art-related experiences more inclusive and diverse. He has given hundreds of lectures on the history of art; has taught in university settings for twenty years; held full-time museum positions as both a lecturer and curator; and regularly lectures about art worldwide. One of his primary goals is to use art in unexpected ways, including for teaching best practices in business, medical and other non-traditional genres.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
My Hermitage: How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolutions to Become the Greatest Museum in the World
by Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, Antonina W Bouis (trans.)
Framing America: A Social History of American Art
by Frances K Pohl
Tate Modern, The Handbook
by Matthew Gale
The Tate Britain Companion to British Art
by Richard Humphreys
Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Thomas Hoving
Seven Days in the Art World
by Sarah Thornton
Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern
by Francine Prose
Ways of Seeing
by John Berger
The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made: A Family Memoir
by Flora Miller Biddle
Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia
by Suzanne Massie
The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers
by T J Clark
Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market
by Sylvie Patry (ed.)
Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
by W. Bruce Lincoln
Russia of the Tsars
by Peter Waldron
Rendez-vous with Art
by Martin Gayford, Philippe De Montebello
Early Modernism: Literature, Music and Painting in Europe 1900-1916
by Christopher Butler

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