The Florence Series

The perfect introductory programmes for people who would like to spend 1-4 weeks in Florence getting properly acquainted with all that this jewel of a city has to offer: Core Programmes focus on Italian art, with an emphasis on the city of Florence. In line with government policy in Italy, the British Institute of Florence has again had to stop running events at our Library at Palazzo Lanfredini. As of November 2020, special versions of our monthly courses are available online via Zoom. Additionally, we are offering an exciting series of brand new online courses, ARS ITALICA, on weekday mornings and evenings throughout the spring. 




  • MEDIEVAL FLORENCE covers the artistic awakening that took place in Florence during the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Against a backdrop of rapid economic growth, turbulent political change, famine and war, artists including Cimabue, Arnolfo di Cambio, Giotto, Andrea Pisano, Bernardo Daddi, Orcagna, Andrea di Buonaiuto, Taddeo and Agnolo Gaddi skilfully catered to new contemporary religious, cultural and political aspirations, forging a new style and marking the beginning of the dominant figurative tradition in Western European art.



  • RENAISSANCE FLORENCE surveys the historical factors which made Florence such a receptive setting for the patronage and cultivation of intellectual and artistic ideas during the Renaissance. A constellation of artists and architects including Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Suor Plautilla Nelli, Vasari, Bronzino, Cellini, Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi all created ground-breaking works for Florentine institutions and families that are considered milestones in the history of Western art today.



  • MODERN FLORENCE considers the lives and legacies of artists active in Florence during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Irene Parenti Duclos, Pietro Tenerai, Pietro Benvenuti, Giuseppe Bezzuoli, Felicie de Fauveau, Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Amalia Dupre, Romano Romanelli, Lorenzo Bartolini, Marino Marini, Mario Romoli, Pietro Annigoni and Michelangelo Pistoletto. This course considers the lives, works and patrons of these figures as well as the political, social and religious context of life in Modern Florence.