Renaissance Florence

This course surveys the historical factors which made Florence such a receptive setting for the patronage and cultivation of intellectual and artistic ideas during the Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries. A constellation of artists and architects, including Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Suor Plautilla Nelli, Vasari, Bronzino, Cellini, Buontalenti, Foggini and Giovanna Garzoni all created ground-breaking works for Florentine institutions and families that are considered milestones in the history of Western art today.


This course includes on-site visits to the Brancacci Chapel, the church of San Lorenzo, the Church of Orsanmichele, the church of Santa Maria Novella and lectures in the British Institute of Florence Library overlooking the Arno River in Florence. 


It is possible to follow the lectures of this course by week or by individual session, either face-to-face or online. All online courses and cultural activities offered by the British Institue are held via Zoom. Join the Introductory lecture on Monday to get a sample of our online courses!






Use this calendar to locate individual lectures and visits on this course: 






Meeting points for visits and further sites of interest: