Art, History & Culture Classes

Art For Travelers: Medieval Through Modern in Four Classes

Join Rick Steves for a practical and fun sweep through the story of Europe from the fall of Rome to the rise of the EU to help make your sightseeing more meaningful. This four-part art history class covers Medieval (500-1400); Renaissance (1400-1600); Baroque (1600-1800); and Neoclassical/Romantic/Modern (1800-2000). Rick will be teaching the same 4 part series for free two times to small groups on Monday, Oct 20 and Thursday, Oct 23, from 5:00-9:30 pm.

5:00-6:00 pm: Art I: Medieval (500-1400)
6:15-7:15 pm: Art II: Renaissance (1400-1600)

7:30- 8:15pm: Art III: Baroque (1600-1800)

8:30-9:30pm: Art IV: Neoclassical/Romantic/Modern (1800-2000)

Europe 101: Art and History for Travelers

Get a crash course in understanding Medieval feudalism, Renaissance art, Gothic architecture, ancient Greek life, and plenty more. Learn how and why things were done — from castle construction to elegant court life to the rise of Venice to the fall of Rembrandt.

European Architecture for Travelers

From the Colosseum to the Eiffel Tower to the Guggenheim Bilbao, every building tells a story. We'll help you learn how to recognize various architectural styles as well as understand and appreciate Europe's treasure trove of great buildings and monuments.

Europe's Musical History Tour

We'll learn about Europe's great composers from Bach to Beethoven to Mozart and more, including how their music was a reflection of their times and yet still an inspiration today and how music ties in with the art, architecture, and culture of each era.

Italy's Art Treasures

Italy is packed with art and cultural sights from Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus to the Sistine Chapel and St. Mark's Basilica. We'll learn all about Italy's best-known art treasures — the ones most first-time travelers to Italy want to see.

Michelangelo's Italy

Michelangelo Buonarroti — sculptor, painter, architect and poet — was both prolific and well-traveled. We'll trace the life, work and travels of "Earth's Greatest Artist," visiting the Italian cities where he created his masterpieces.

Nepal, Tibet and Mt. Everest with the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition

British climber George Mallory was last seen 500 feet from the summit of Mt. Everest in 1924. The long-debated question in mountaineering circles is whether Mallory and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, were the first people to reach the world's highest peak, 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary claimed first ascent. Schelleen Rathkopf was part of a research expedition that set out to search for their bodies in an attempt to answer this question once and for all. Her stories from the expedition appeal to the hard core mountaineer or the armchair adventurer alike.

Picasso for Travelers

Pablo Ruiz Picasso, considered by many to be greatest artist of the 20th Century, once said, "Art is a lie that shows us the truth." Learn about Picasso's colorful life and the many museums throughout Europe where you can find his art.