The ideas listed below are just a few samples of the different types of Art and Architectural Tours we can arrange – but the possibilities are limitless! We can create a tour around your group’s specific focus and ensure it is enriched by inspiring venues and the embracing of local culture!
Eastern Europe Art and Architecture Tour
The Czech Republic is home to 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites including Prague, one of the best preserved historical cities of Europe, with a wealth of architectural, artistic and cultural treasures. The style, Art Nouveau, was influenced strongly by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, and can be seen throughout Prague. Holašovice is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Central European village. Lednice-Valtice Area is the home to a jewel of landscape architecture of unprecedented proportions. Tugendhat Villa, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s most important European work, is in Brno. The Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora is one of the finest projects by the architect Jan Blažej Santini-Aichl. These are but a few of the options for your tour in the Czech Republic.
Art & Architecture Study Tour to London
For the art lover, London is exceptional. Here one will find an entire world of art in the city’s wide range of museums, galleries and auction houses. Visit the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hayward Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery or the Tate Modern. In the classical tradition, explore the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert and the National Gallery, which has the largest collection of European art in the world. Days could be spent visiting the architectural works of Christopher Wren from the majestic St. Paul’s, Hampton Court Palace and the Royal Observatory and many more still intact or faithfully restored. The many stately homes display treasures from around the world.
Art & Architecture Tour to the Region of Veneto – Italy
Stay in the enchanting cities of Venice and Verona and take day trips to medieval Padua and Renaissance Vicenza to study the wealth of art and architecture of Veneto. Study topics can include architecture, painting, and sculpture such as: Byzantine, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, modern, and contemporary. The Renaissance architecture of Andrea Palladio in Padua is a special feature of this tour with visits to his villas, palaces, and famous theater. You will see works by great Italian painters and sculptors in their original settings; including Giotto, Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Tiepolo. Works of the modern masters of Brancusi, Chagall, Modigliani, Max Ernst, Picasso, Braque, Rothko can be studied at the Guggenheim. Also of interest are sculptures by Donatello, Sansovino and Vittorio.
Art and Architecture Study Tour to Barcelona and Catalonia
Barcelona is a city of contrasts: steeped in history while boldly taking the lead toward the future. So much of the city’s art is proudly displayed in its streets. Barcelona is a vast outdoor museum with “annexes” to be found in the outlying towns and villages. An Art & Architecture Study Tour to the area can encompass works from as far back as the Roman Empire and as recent as the works of contemporary architect Santiago Calatrava. Not to be missed: the distinctive Romanesque architecture of the 11th-13th centuries (over 2000 examples in the region); Gothic structures dating from the time when Catalonia was at the height of its power; the garden of Modernisme that is the Eixample District of Barcelona; and, of course the legacy of Antoni Gaudí that includes the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Guell Park. The excellent art museums will complement your tour: the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Picasso Museum which is the most visited site in Barcelona.