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Spanish Art: From the Golden Age to Gaudi and Beyond

Revel in traditions of art as you enjoy lectures on the Spanish Masters and Gaudi, visit iconic museums and set out on expert-led walks to the cathedrals and monuments of Spain today.
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17 days
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850
Spain

Spanish Art: From the Golden Age to Gaudi and Beyond

Revel in traditions of art as you enjoy lectures on the Spanish Masters and Gaudi, visit iconic museums and set out on expert-led walks to the cathedrals and monuments of Spain today.
Length
17 days
Starts at
4,579
Length
17 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
4,579
Flights start at
850
Program No. 3328RSBLOG

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Sep 7 - Sep 23, 2022
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Oct 12 - Oct 28, 2022
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Mar 15 - Mar 31, 2023
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Sep 7 - Sep 23, 2022
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Sep 28 - Oct 14, 2022
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5,499
Oct 12 - Oct 28, 2022
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Mar 15 - Mar 31, 2023
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6,029
Apr 12 - Apr 28, 2023
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May 3 - May 19, 2023
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Sep 6 - Sep 22, 2023
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Sep 27 - Oct 13, 2023
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Oct 11 - Oct 27, 2023
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At a Glance

From creative giants such as Velázquez, El Greco and Goya in the “Golden Age” to the 20th-century masters Picasso, Miró, Dalí and, more recently, Tàpies and Barcelo -- the vitality and diversity of Spanish artists have influenced artistic expression the world over. Journey from the Prado in Madrid to the Guggenheim in Bilbao to experience the full spectrum and rich heritage of Spain’s master artists.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Participants should be able to walk approximately two miles a day and stand for at least one hour at a time. Cobblestones, steep slopes and other uneven ground. Some stairs without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Connect the lives, works and schools of Velazquez, Goya and El Greco to modern masters Picasso, Miró and Dalí.
  • Visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry.
  • Enjoy a private performance with members of a Catalonian medieval folklore group in Barcelona.
Featured Expert
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Cecilia Ceriani
Cecilia Ceriani has been an art teacher and critic for nearly three decades. She holds degrees in art history and English philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Cecilia spent four years in South America as an art critic and book reviewer for newspapers in Montevideo and Buenos Aires before returning to her native Spain in 1986. Since then she has been lecturing on Road Scholar programs and at the U.S. Cultural Center in Madrid and writing for respected Spanish publications.

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

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Cecilia Ceriani View biography
Cecilia Ceriani has been an art teacher and critic for nearly three decades. She holds degrees in art history and English philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Cecilia spent four years in South America as an art critic and book reviewer for newspapers in Montevideo and Buenos Aires before returning to her native Spain in 1986. Since then she has been lecturing on Road Scholar programs and at the U.S. Cultural Center in Madrid and writing for respected Spanish publications.
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Silvia Riera was born and raised in Barcelona, where she developed her passion for arts and the Catalan culture. In addition to Spanish and her native tongue, Catalan, Silvia is fluent in French, Italian, English and Portuguese. Silvia has lectured about modernism and Gaudi since 1988. Beyond arts, Silvia is — like most Barcelonians — a big fan of FC Barcelona, the world-renowned soccer team.
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Emma Christie started leading U.S. and European educational groups 12 years ago and has since worked across Europe. She has traveled widely throughout Europe and Central America and is fluent in Spanish. A former English teacher and a graduate of medieval history and literature, Emma left her role as a news reporter with the UK's top-selling regional daily to focus on travel and writing thriller novels. Emma currently divides her time between her home in Barcelona and her native Scotland.
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Ulises Diaz-Ropero View biography
Ulises Diaz-Ropero is originally from Toledo and is fluent in Spanish, English, and an intermediate level of French. He is an avid traveler and has visited many countries on four different continents. Ulises completed a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental Studies in London before becoming a world music artist in the thriving music scene in London. For the last five years, Ulises has been pursuing a career in education, leading educational travels as well as teaching Spanish to adults.
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Surrealism
by Fiona Bradley
The history of the Surrealist movement featuring Magritte, Ernst, Dali and others. Includes many color illustrations.
Painting in Spain 1500-1700
by Jonathan Brown
Velazquez and El Greco are but a few of the Spanish artists discussed in this in-depth study of the art produced during Spain's Golden Age.
Spain, The Root and the Flower
by John A. Crow
Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in Spain.
Old Man Goya
by Julia Blackburn
Taking 1792--the year that Goya went deaf--as her starting point, Blackburn chronicles the painter's fruitful last 35 years in captivating, imaginative detail.
Goya
by Robert Hughes
A biography of the great Spanish painter, by historian and art critic Robert Hughes (Barcelona).
Eyewitness Guide Spain
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb, colorful guide covering all of Spain features bright photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
A Traveller's History of Spain
by Juan Lalaguna
This survey of Spanish history features a useful chronology, historical gazetteer and a long section on contemporary life. It covers early settlements through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
Food and Wines of Spain
by Penelope Casas
A classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and the culinary history of Spain
Spain & Portugal Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided full color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads and waterways.
The Illustrated biography of Antoni Gaudí
by Carlos Giordano, Nicolas Palmisano
This book describes in detail the life of a man whose pursuit of perfection was his driving force.
Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.
Goya
by Enriquetta Harris
A brief, illustrated introduction to the work of Francisco Goya that includes a lengthy essay as well as 48 full-page color plates and 30 black-and-white reproductions. Perfect for museum-goers.
Basque, Delicious Recipes from Spain's Stunning Northern Coast
by Jose Pizarro
Designed to demystify the cuisine of northern Spain, this mouth-watering cookbook features 80 recipes from the Basque region (which has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other area in the world). Dishes are accompanied by evocative full-color photos.
Culture Smart! Spain
by Marian Meaney
This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions.
Gaudi: The Life of a Visionary
by J. Castellar-Gassol
A chronological journey covering the life and works of Gaudi
The Arts in Spain: From Prehistory to Postmodernism
by John F. Moffit
A representative anthology of examples of painting, architecture and sculpture providing a critical overview of Spain. From Iberian and Roman beginnings, the book traces the development of the arts in Spain, examining the magnificent Islamic and Christian foundations at Cordoba and the Escorial, the idiosyncratic masterworks of El Greco, the Golden Age of Zurbaran and Velazquez, the art of Goya, and the innovative works of Picasso, Dali and Miro, and revealing that many of the most characteristic Spanish artistic currents had their origins at the dawn of history.
Dali
by Robert Radford
A nice overview of Dali's life and important works, this Phaidon art book explains how Dali infused his work with the surreal. Includes plenty of color photographs.
Barcelona
by Robert Hughes
This big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today.
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
by Juan Bassegoda Nonell
This pocket-sized collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.
A Life of Picasso
by John Richardson
Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso's widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso's studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work. (4 volumes)





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