History of Art

The historic centre of Florence is the heart of a living city. Shaped with ingenuity and style by countless generations of builders and architects, it offers a unique blend of history, art and life. Ambitious and wealthy, Florence experienced its golden age during the Renaissance, but the special look and feel of the city we admire today is just as much the result of modern forces as those of centuries past.

History of Art students before Benozzo Gozzoli's fresco programme for the Cappella dei Magi in Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

Our renowned History of Art programmes offer you a flexible set of opportunities to explore the fascinating history of creativity and culture across nine centuries. Great artists and their work are studied in detail, and always placed firmly in their social, political, religious and historical context by our brilliant team of resident experts. We offer introductory courses for people relatively new to Florence, and a series of in-depth courses devoted to the artists, monuments and masterpieces of Florence, Tuscany and Italy.