History of Art

For nearly 60 years, the British Institute of Florence has offered courses on the History of Art. Under the direction of Ian Greenlees in the early 1960s, courses were instituted in order to provide expertise and instruction in English on the various collections that have attracted foreigners to Florence for centuries. That tradition is continued today through public afternoon courses based in the Harold Acton Library and a range of institutional partnerships facilitating formal study in Florence. 


Are you interested in studying in Florence or are you currently enrolled on one of our courses? Use the left side menu to locate individual course pages containing programmes, bibliographies, reading materials and slide folders, along with maps detailing meeting points for course visits and sites of interest.





Membership of the Harold Acton Library is included with enrolment in History of Art courses. Membership benefits include access to:

  • Thursday Afternoon Tea
  • Weekly Cultural Programme of guest lectures, film screenings, music recitals, literary events, wine tastings and art exhibitions
  • Over 52,000 books including extensive History of Art, Architecture and English Literature collections
  • DVDs, Wifi, Italian and English language newspapers and magazines
  • The British Institute Archive, which documents 19th and 20th century Florence, through its special collections of diaries and correspondence, and the rich history of the Institute itself, spanning much of the 20th century; it has a concentration of material on the British community in Florence and its relationship with the local community. Consultation of the Archive is by appointment.


If you have any questions, please contact the History of Art Department at: 

+39 05526778268 / hoa@britishinstitute.it 


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