Smithsonian Expert-ing in Santiago de Compostela
This is usually what my set up looks like when I lecture for Smithsonian overseas. Sometimes I get a large hotel conference room, but at special places like the Parador of Santiago de Compostela, my lecture room is the beautiful Sacristía Alta. It is here that I lecture on the period of Portuguese Royal Absolutism, better understood as Portuguese Baroque Art.
In this lecture I dive into the wealth and power Portugal once witnessed, the many ambitious projects of King John V of Portugal (1707–1750) such as the Palace at Mafra, and the incredible dedication of artists such as Nicolau Nasoni into building important cities such as Porto.
You read more about this trip I lecture on Across Northern Portugal and Spain with Smithsonian. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions related to attending this tour. It is truly one of my favorite Smithsonian trips!