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  Art History


This course explores artistic currents beginning with Ninth Century Medieval art. The course focuses mainly on the artists from the Florentine School, following the development of art from Giotto to Masaccio, from Leonardo to Michelangelo and Raffaello, until finally arriving to Twentieth Century Post-Impressionism and Expressionism.

The course is composed of two hour long lessons with each lesson covering the art of a specific historical period. The course will include museum visits in which students will see works which are directly related to the course curriculum.

This course can be combined with an Italian language course in the morning find details here.


1.-“From Romanesque to Gothic”
Study of Medieval Art History: Sculpture and Architecture
2- .“From the Medieval Art to the Renaissance - I”
Study of the paintings of Cimabue and Giotto, and the sculptures of Donatello
3- “From the Medieval Art to the Renaissance – II”
Visit to Santa Croce church
4- “Birth of Art in Florence
Introduction to the history of the city of Florence. Lorenzo Ghiberti and the doors of the Baptistery
5- “Introduction to the Renaissance – I”
Masaccio frescoes the Brancacci Chapel and Beato Angelico sign the beginning of the Renaissance
6- “Introduction to the Renaissance – II”
Piero della Francesca, Alessando Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci
7- “High Renaissance”
The history of the great political and social revolution that led to the Renaissance. Michelangelo and Raffaello
8- “The Uffizi”
To the discovery of present treasures in the most important picture-gallery in the world
9- “Between the City and the Lordship
Visit the political center of Florence: Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio.
The most important artists that gave life to Mannerism: Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino
11.-“The Places of Mannerism”
From the churches to gardens in search of traces left behind by artists of Mannerism.
Visit to Santa Felicita Church and Boboli Gardens
12-“Baroque: The Magnificent Spectacle of Art - I”
Caravaggio in Rome and the Carracci family
13- “Baroque: The Magnificent Spectacle of Art - II ”
International Artists in Rome: Rubens, Il Greco e Velazquez.
14- “The Second Renaissance: Neoclassicism”
The effects on Arts of the ideas in the  Enlightenment  period.
15- “Palazzo Pitti: The Palatina Gallery”
The works of Raffaello, Andrea del Sarto and Tiziano: Understanding the stylistic changes from the Renaissance to Baroque
16- “Romanticism and Realism”
The great century of the landscape and the discovery of the outer world. The new european centers of Arts.
17- “The Impressionists”
The loss of unity in Art. Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas and the artistic exhibitions in Paris.
18- “The florentine impressionists: i Macchiaioli”
Study of the influences of styles at the end of the nineteenth century in Florence
19- “Palazzo Pitti”: the Modern Art Gallery ”
Visit to the thirty rooms that host the paintings from the period of the Lorraine Family till the First World War.
20- “Introduction to the Expressionism -  The Symbolism”
Van Gogh and Gauguin: the representation of reality disappears. The artists express their inner experiences through color.
21- “The Crisis of the Modern Art”
New subjects invade the canvas and the galleries: the loneliness, the desperation of war, the death. Toulouse Lautrec, Munch, Klimt.
22- “The Cubism”
From Cézanne to Picasso: the space composition and the construction of natural forms made by volumes and geometric solids.
23- “The Futurists”
The Italian Movement. Study of velocity and the industrial city. De Chirico’s Ontology.
24- “Abstract Expressionism”
The creation of the two important groups of artists: The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter) and The Bridge (Die Brucke).

Schedule and fees:

This course is available in the following terms:


Levels: Basic and advanced

Duration: from 2 weeks to 3 months

Lessons schedule: 2 times a week in the afternoon

Hours: 4 hours a week

Language: English


  • 2 weeks: 135 Euro
  • 3 weeks: 200 Euro
  • 4 weeks: 240 Euro

Starting date: Every monday 


Lessons are taught in English and Italian.

At the end of the course students will receive a certificate of participation (Diploma)

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