Programmes in Florence

Our autumn 2021 cycle of monthly courses can be followed in person, with lectures and visits conducted in Florence, or online via zoom. Blended lectures are held and broadcast from the British Institute library on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, while visits are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. For those who are joining remotely and cannot participate on visits, Tuesday and Thursday evenings provide supplementary online lectures on the art and history of cities across Italy. 


 

 

MEDIEVAL FLORENCE 

06 SEP - 01 OCT 2021 / 15:00-16:30 CET

Our Medieval Florence course 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

04 OCT - 29 OCT 2021 / 15:00-16:30 CET

Our Renaissance Florence course 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

01 NOV - 26 NOV 2021 / 15:00-16:30 CET

Our Modern Florence course examines the fascinating, lesser-known currents of Florentine art after the Renaissance. Through the patronage of later Medici and Lorraine Grand Dukes, Florence became a highlight of the Grand Tour, and home to a dazzling array of foreign aesthetes, bohemians and aristocrats, paving the way for Florence’s brief elevation to capital of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy. Despite the devastating 20th-century events of war and flood, Florence preserved a dynamic cultural and social milieu for artists and visitors, rising once again to become the global destination we know today.

 

EXTENSION PROGRAMMES 

Our extension programmes include cultural events held in our library, English and Italian language courses, and a selection of Fine Art courses and workshops available through our partner institutions in Florence:

 

 

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. 

In line with government policy in Italy, the British Institute of Florence has suspended events at our Library at Palazzo Lanfredini. Special versions of our core programme of monthly courses (Medieval, Renaissance and Modern Florence) will be delivered online via Zoom until we are able to resume face-to-face teaching on our premises.


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