Core Programmes

CORE PROGRAMMES are the perfect 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. Artists and their works are firmly placed in their social, political, religious and historical context. Participants learn to identify specific styles, subjects and symbols, and understand the techniques and materials used by the great artists, all with the aid of online conferencing and the expertise of the History of Art Teaching Team.


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.

  • AFTERNOONS 15:00-16:30
  • 12 APR - 07 MAY 2021
  • 06 SEP - 01 OCT 2021



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.

  • AFTERNOONS 15:00-16:30
  • 10 MAY - 04 JUN 2021
  • 04 OCT - 29 OCT 2021



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.

  • AFTERNOONS 15:00-16:30
  • 07 JUN - 02 JUL 2021
  • 01 NOV - 26 NOV 2021