In 2014, thanks to the generous support of the HKU Museum Society and the Arts and Education Travel Grants, the Department was able to take a group of students to Spain, accompanied by Professor Mansour. The trip formed part of a course on European religious art. We explored Spain’s rich artistic heritage and were able to visit some of the most famous and culturally significant sites in Spain, including the Prado in Madrid, the Escorial, Toledo Cathedral, and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, as well as spectacular but hard to access sites such as the convent of the Descalzas Reales, where an order of cloistered nuns live surrounded by spectacular art treasures. We never found out where these pious women went when visitors from the profane world came calling, but we did see the sixteenth-century religious environment in an extraordinary state of preservation.
Date: 11-18 October, 2014
Faculty in charge: Dr. Opher Mansour
No. of student participants: 17 (unergraduates)
Sponsors and Grants: The University of Hong Kong Museum Society; Arts and Education Travel Grants