STUDY TOURS PAGE: Abroad — Around the U.S. — Around Central Texas
STUDY TOURS ABROAD Destinations chosen for significant art historical interest, particularly including special exhibitions and concentrations of material from the "modern" period--eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: museum collections, historic houses and other sites
Paul Gauguin, Beside the Sea, 1887
REGISTRATION OPEN: FALL 2018: AMSTERDAM: History, Art & Artists
September 28-October 7, 2018
Golden Age artists and sites, excursions, the best of Amsterdam, Van Gogh and modern Dutch artists, and a special exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum about Gauguin & Martinique (Karen's dissertation topic), organized around pictures Theo van Gogh bought from Gauguin that remained in his collection, were inherited by his nephew, and are now in the museum that he built.
8-day tour checklist (no particular sequence intended):
Rembrandtshuis + Rijksmuseum + key churches
Van Gogh Museum + architecture of contemporary architect, Berlage: Beurs + American Hotel
Excursion to The Hague: Mauritshuis, Gemeentemuseum, Panorama at Scheveningen
Excursion to Hoge Veluwe Park: St Hubertus Hunting Lodge, Kröller-Müller Museum
Excursion to Delft to explore Vermeer sites and Porceleyne Fles, oldest blue-and-white pottery
Anne Frank House + Amsterdam Hermitage
Van Gogh, Mondrian, and the Dutch landscape
Free day for personal choices, shopping
"Gauguin and Martinique" opens at the Van Gogh Museum October 5, 2018; if we can get ourselves invited to the press opening, we'll go earlier!
Late-day events: Rembrandt Walk; performance in world-famous Concertgebouw
Good background reading:
• Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (1987)
• Russell Shorto, Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City (2013) EXCELLENT intro to A'dam and the Dutch
• Mariët Westermann, A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718 (2005)
• Kees Kaldenbach, Pilgrimage through Life: Travelling in the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh (1990)
Flyer+registration form (at left): TOUR COST, DETAILS, DEADLINES ALL PLACES FILLED AS OF MARCH 26; please send an email to join the short waitlist
FROM CHESTER, important sites across the north: Liverpool: Lady Lever Gallery and Walker Art Gallery (major collections of Pre-Raphaelites) Holywell: St Winefride's Well, one of Wales' Seven Wonders, a pilgrimage site since 660 Basingwerk Abbey (1131), a Cistercian foundation patronized by Welsh nobility Valle Crucis, Wales' last Cistercian abbey Conwy Castle, one of the castles of Edward I (1283), a World Heritage Site Llandudno, major seaside town of the north Bodnant Garden, "the Welsh Garden of Eden" Menai Bridge, an engineering triumph of the 19th century Caernarfon Castle, home to the investiture of the Princes of Wales Snowdonia, Wales' famous mountain, scenic views of Capel Curig Powis Castle, a "survivor" famed for family wealth and exotic collections
FROM ABERYSTWYTH via scenic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path: Picton Castle (c. 1300), a stately home with 25 species in the Secret Owl Garden St David's (shrine of Wales' patron saint), St Non's Well, St Govan's Head and Chapel Devil's Bridge, inspiration for a Wordsworth poem Llandrindod: Victorian spa town
FROM HAY-ON-WYE: Cardiff--National Gallery of Wales, Llandaff Cathedral (Rossetti triptych, The Seed of David; Burne-Jones organ case) Tintern Abbey, one of Wales' greatest monastic ruins, a subject of Turner Swansea--Dylan Thomas Center
FREE DAY in Hay-on-Wye, world-renowned "Town of Books"
Gloucester Cathedral on the way to Heathrow; overnight there for easy departures the next day
Detailed Itinerary and Registration Information are in the works. Feel free to express your interest now to secure a place in this small-group study tour.
This is a tour for physically active travelers; three hotels and chartered coach transportation will allow visits to all parts of Wales and the magnificent scenery of its mountainous topography
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org | All arrangements by Four Seasons Travel: email@example.com
Jonathan Adams, Millennium Center opera house, Cardiff
STUDY TOURS ABROAD: Additional Destinations in the Works
German Art & History Along the Mighty Rhine Cologne to Munich, possibly via cruise
Ireland of the Celts Castles, monasteries, libraries, and museums with focus on the sites and monuments resonant of the times of the Celts and Celtic reverberations in later times
Book of Kells, c. 800 (Trinity College, Dublin): Book of John, incipit
TOURS AROUND THE U. S. Long weekends in spring and fall, with focus on major art collections and historic architecture Group arrangements include historic hotels and special receptions
The 2018 Friends Tour: Great Houses of the Hudson River tour members in Rhinebeck at the Beekman Arms, once run by an ancestor of our friend, Hal Bogardus
SPRING 2019 -- April 11-16
FRIENDS OF THE NEILL-COCHRAN HOUSE MUSEUM STUDY TOUR #15
History, Art & Great Houses of North Carolina
Details will appear here when the interary is formalized.
Arrangements by Karen Bluethman Heart of Texas Tours on behalf of the Neill-Cochran House Museum
DAYTRIPS in Central Texas Chartered coach transportation, lunch, museum admissions, snacks, handouts. Your check is your reservation.
A note to daytrip friends: Cancellations because of illness, etc., are understandable; however, a flurry of last-minute cancellations can make it impossible to meet the budget. Same-week cancellations may not be eligible for refunds. You are always welcome to give your place to a friend.
Ignacio Zuloaga. Torerillos de pueblo (Young Village Bullfighters), 1906 (Museo Reina Sofía)
CELEBRATE SAN ANTONIO'S 300th BIRTHDAY
Late-Summer Daytrip: Saturday, September 8, 2018
"Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid, A Tricentennial Exhibition" @ San Antonio Museum of Art
• A Spanish Lunch
• Afternoon visit to the McNay
Per person registration of $120 will include chartered transportation, museum admissions, group lunch, gratuities
Feel free to express your interest now via email and get your name on the participants' list.
Finalized plan will appear here as a one-page flyer; full details, including schedule and departure information, will be sent to registrants when payment is received.
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