Masterpieces of Italy, Croatia & Greece with Professors Ben David and Karen Gross

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Date: May 29th to June 7th, 2022

Trip Length: 8 Nights, 9 Days.

Group Size: About 14 - 22 participants

Cost: $6,900

Explore the treasures of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on a voyage from Venice to Athens aboard the Elysium, a private yacht-like small cruise ship. We will visit ancient sites and medieval towns in Italy, Croatia, and Greece, providing a unique opportunity to explore the history, culture, and masterpieces of art and architecture from the ancient Greek and Roman eras to the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

Lewis & Clark Professor of Art History Ben David and Professor of English Karen Gross will be a resource along the journey as they share their expertise regarding ancient art and classics.

One night in Venice at Hotel Danieli. Seven night voyage aboard the Elysium.

Faculty Leaders
Ben David, Associate Professor of Art History

Professor David specializes in Italian art from 1300-1600, with an emphasis on Early Renaissance painting. His scholarship and teaching engage the historical and theoretical implications of the practice of narrative in Renaissance art and theories of narrative more generally. He is especially interested in the relationship between art and literature. Other research projects and courses explore the complex nature of the Renaissance engagement with classical antiquity and visualizations of Dante’s Divine Comedy from the fourteenth century to the present day. He is also interested in how contemporary art creates dialogues with Renaissance and Medieval Art and in the intersections of art history and theories of memory. Professor David is the Group leader for the student semester abroad program in Athens. He led an alumni travel group to Greece in 2019.

Karen Gross, Associate Professor of English and Department Chair

Karen Gross joined the Lewis & Clark English department in 2005. She studies and teaches the European Middle Ages with an emphasis on England and Italy in the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries. She is particularly interested in the reception of classical texts, Dante, medieval literary theory and education, the history of the book, and the relationship between literature and the visual arts. Her research has been supported by grants from the New York Public Library, the Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Fulbright program. In 2008 she received the Graves Award, sponsored by the ACLS, for her efforts as a teacher. Currently, she is researching illuminated Apocalypse manuscripts. She led an alumni travel group to Greece in 2019.