Online Seminars

With individual sessions led by the British Institute's History of Art Lecturers, this seminar will examine 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, 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. 


Registration Fee: 15 euro per session, or 75 euro for the full week (5 sessions). 

Couples joining from the same device: 20 euro per session, or 80 euro for the full week.




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With individual sessions led by the British Institute's History of Art Lecturers, this seminar will survey 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. 


 Previous Seminars 

Led by the British Institute's Head of History of Art, Jeremy Boudreau, this seminar will examine Florentine works of art found today in ten important collections around the world. Each of the five sessions will consider one state museum and one formerly private collection found in a particular city outside Italy. In this context we will introduce participants to celebrated Renaissance masterpieces, as well as explore the history and formation of these institutions, their founders’ ties to Florence, and recent contributions to scholarship concerning collections and display, provenance studies, dubious authenticity and the historical art market.


Monday 25 May 2020

  • The National Gallery and Wallace Collection, LONDON


Tuesday 26 May 2020

  • The Gemäldegalerie and Bode-Museum, BERLIN


Wednesday 27 May 2020

  • The Frick Collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art, NEW YORK


Thursday 28 May 2020

  • The Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, BOSTON


Friday 29 May 2020

  • The Museos Nacionales del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza, MADRID