MONTHLY COURSES are offered in Italian Language at all levels, History of Art (in English) and Fine Art (in English), allowing combined enrolments across all areas for up to twelve weeks. Our autumn, spring and summer cycles allow for enrolments any time of year, and our courses are fixed in the calendar year to facilitate travel and accommodation arrangements well in advance. It is possible to enrol for the full duration of monthly courses, or by individual weeks.
History of Art courses focus on Early Modern Italy, with an emphasis on Florentine art. Works of art are never examined in isolation but are firmly placed in their social, political, religious and historical context. Our courses challenge students to examine individual artists within the context of their place of birth. As well as learning to identify specific styles, emphasis is given to the techniques and materials used to create Renaissance works of art.
To see the courses the British Institute of Florence is offering in the coming months, please consult our 2016/2017 Course Calendar. Clicking on the individual course titles will link to additional information.
(September, January, April)
This course covers the dramatic awakening of Italian art during the 14th century, particularly in the vibrant, independent city republics of Florence and Siena. Against a backdrop of rapid economic growth, turbulent political change, famine and war, artists such as Giotto, Duccio, Simone Martini and Giovanni Pisano skilfully catered to new contemporary religious, cultural and political aspirations, forging a new style drawn from both classical antiquity as well as Northern European Gothic. Their pioneering work throughout Italy marks the start of the dominant figurative tradition in Western European art and architecture that reigned until the late 19th century.
(October, February, May)
The art produced during the 15th century in Italy demonstrates the great artistic developments and innovations that occured under the patronage of the powerful and the discerning. Artists of this period, particularly in Florence, created ground-breaking works that are still considered to be landmarks in the history of Western art. This course considers the lives, works and patrons of these figures as well as the political, social and religious context of life in 15th century Italy.
(November, March, June)
No era of artistic achievement is as renowned as the so-called ‘High’ Renaissance of the 16th century, and no country holds a higher place in that period than Italy. The supreme works created by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, established a canon of beauty, a benchmark of ‘perfection’ that pervades Western culture to this day. The iconic fame of Michelangelo’s David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling alone testify to the period’s enduring success. This course explores the rise of this legendary style, the friendships and bitter rivalries that existed between these men, and the role of powerful, discerning patrons.
During the Renaissance, the city of Florence witnessed some of the most remarkable acts of artistic creativity in European history. How, though, could a single city have achieved this? Why should Florence alone have given rise to so many great artists, such as Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo? On this course we will explore the spectacular achievements of Florentine art over two centuries, and examine the historical factors which made Florence the birthplace and centre of the Italian Renaissance, combining elements from the Dawn through High Renaissance programmes.
Each course comprises a combination of interactive, illustrated lectures, as well as visits to key sites led by members of the British Institute of Florence History of Art Teaching Team, and professional workshops, in which students meet professionals in the various fields of artistic and cultural preservation. Sessions are held on weekday afternoons, with the occasional morning or Saturday session to accommodate limited opening times at specific sites. Sessions normally last an hour and a half to two hours, with lectures being held in the Harold Acton Library at the British Institute of Florence (Lungarno Guicciardini 9). Visits begin directly on site at designated meeting points, and technical art history workshops alternate between the Library and professional work sites in Florence.
The international History of Art Teaching Team offers a spectrum of expertise and individual approaches to teaching, while the British Institute ‘house style’ of lecturing is informal, relaxed, engaging and participatory. Our courses are accessible to those coming to the subject with no previous background in History of Art, but are at the same time pitched at a level that will engage all those who are already familiar with the subject. It is possible to take the courses by week or even by session. All month-long programmes in Italian, History of Art and Fine Art may be taken in combination with one another.If you would like to follow month-long courses, or combine History of Art with Italian language courses, click below to complete the enrolment form and send it to us by post, fax or email.
|1 COURSE||20 SESSIONS (4 WEEKS)||750|
|2 COURSES||40 SESSIONS (8 WEEKS)||1400|
|3 COURSES||60 SESSIONS (12 WEEKS)||2050|
|15 SELECTED SESSIONS||(3 WEEKS)||650|
|10 SELECTED SESSIONS||(2 WEEKS)||450|
|05 SELECTED SESSIONS||(1 WEEK)||240|
|1-3 SELECTED SESSIONS||50 per session|