Radical Renaissance Women

A new Renaissance course, from Tuesday 3rd October 2023


A new online/in-person course from Alexandra Lawrence, who partnered with us for her fabulous Divine Dante series a couple of years ago. 


This time, Alex is bringing her signature combination of deep knowledge and infectious enthusiasm to a series of talks on Radical Renaissance Women.  See below for details.

We are all familiar with the idea of the ‘Renaissance Man’—the polymath geniuses, scholars, princes, courtiers, writers, and artists that lived and worked in the 15th and 16th centuries. But what of the women not included in the traditional canon? 


This course takes inspiration from the enlightening studies put forth in Renaissance Characters (edited by Eugenio Garin) and revisits Renaissance society by looking at some of the less traditional and more radical figures in Italy at the time. The  powerful women who populated Italy alongside their more mainstream counterparts. 


03 October - 14 November 2023
Tuesdays 18:00-19:30 

In person lectures in the Library and simultaneously available on Zoom.

During her 20 years in Italy, Alexandra Lawrence has worked in journalism and in international education as a lecturer of art history and contemporary Italian cultural studies, and is an accredited guide for Italian museums and archeological sites.  She has worked with several high-profile clients including England’s royal family.


In person:  €40 per session / €200 for full course

On Zoom: €30 per session / €150 for full course 

For further information and enrolment, please  write to us on bif@britishinstitute.it, or call us on  +39 055 2677 8270 (between 11:30 and 18:30 CET)