Northwest Florida State College will host trip to Spain in May 2020 that will highlight some of history's greatest artists.
NICEVILLE — The opportunity for locals to see the works of some of the greatest artists in Spanish history is on tap thanks to Northwest Florida State College.
The trip, put together by Humanities Professor Dr. David Simmons, is called “Walking in the Footsteps of Great Artists: An Artistic Tour of Spain” and will go from May 1-13.
The first informational meeting for the trip will be held on Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. on NWFSC’s Niceville campus (100 College Boulevard) in Building 110, Room 328 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
“What we’ll do (Oct. 10) is I’ll go through and we’ll have slides of all the places we’re going,” Simmons said. “We’ll walk everyone through the museums and the churches we’ll visit and architecture we’ll see … it’s going to be an amazing visual experience and hopefully this will give them a feel of what (the trip) will be like.”
The initial information meeting will also include the price of the trip, which includes airfare, housing, museum tours and all but a few meals. Simmons has previously led similar trips to Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Among the artists whose work travelers will encounter will be El Greco, Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Antonio Gaudi and, of course, Pablo Picasso.
One of the highlights of the trip will be a visit to Museo Reina Sofia in Spain to see one of Picasso’s most well-known paintings, “Guernica.” The painting depicts the 1937 bombing of Guernica, in Spain’s Basque country, by Nazi forces at the request of Francisco Franco, the leader of the Spanish Nationalists.
The painting, which has never been up for sale, has been valued at $200 million. The trip actually begins in Picasso’s birthplace of Malaga, Spain and includes stops in Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo, Madrid, El Escorial, Zaragoza, Montserrat and Barcelona.
“I think (Guernica) is definitely one of the things I’m most looking forward to seeing,” Simmons said. “I’ve always admired that piece … I think when people first see it they are kind of taken aback because it’s a huge, black-and white piece. To some, it’s considered the painting of the 20th century.”
It won't be all paintings, either. There will also be a mix of classic architecture mixed in, with visits to the Royal Palace (Alcazar) Royal Palace in Seville, El Escorial and Barcelona Cathedral.
If you need a dose of pop culture, the trip will have a heavy portion of that as well, with stops at filming locations for Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Mission Impossible 2 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.