Art history

Florence offers the incomparable opportunity to attend an History of Art course in touch with the originals of the most important artworks from Middle Age to contemporary art preserved in its museums, monuments and collections. The Academy Leonardo da Vinci in Florence offers 2 types of course to meet the students' different needs. Click on the course name to see programs and details:

Course A: Visits to museums, churches and monuments, in Italian

The course consists of guided visits to major museums, churches and monuments of the city and is in Italian. It includes three guided tours per week. The timetable is usually from 12.30 onwards. This course is not compatible with some of our art ocurses. 
It is possible to start the course every week, the minimum attendance is 1 week and the maximum attendance is 4 weeks. The program is communicated two weeks before the guided visits take place.

For the Art History course A an additional 70 € enrollment fee is required to be added to the price of the course.

Course B: Art in Florence from the Middle Ages to the XXth century

The course is mainly held in class in English, it consist of two lessons per week of two hours each, held in the late afternoon. It suitable expecially for those  who can stay in Florence for longer periods or have other courses during the day. This course is mainly addressed to those who can dedicate longer periods of time to the study of Art History and also attend other courses during the day.
The program concentrates in particular on the study of the period between 1400 and 1500 for the first month and, for those who want to carry on, it continues from 1500 to today.

Art history

Starting dates: every Monday

Weeks Course A
Guided tours of museums, churches and monuments, in Italian
Course B
Art in Florence from Middle Ages to the Twentieth century, theory and guided tours in English
1 160.00€ -
2 320.00€ 190.00€
3 480.00€ 265.00€
4 640.00€ 320.00€
5 - 400.00€
6 - 480.00€
7 - 560.00€
8 - 640.00€
9 - 720.00€
10 - 800.00€
11 - 880.00€
12 - 960.00€
13 - 1040.00€
14 - 1120.00€
15 - 1200.00€
16 - 1280.00€
17 - 1360.00€
18 - 1420.00€
19 - 1500.00€
20 - 1600.00€
21 - 1680.00€
22 - 1760.00€
23 - 1840.00€

PROGRAMME Course A: Visits to museums, churches and monuments, in Italian

- Galleria degli Uffizi
- Galleria dell’Accademia
- Galleria Palatina
- Chiesa di Santa Croce
- Chiesa di Santa Maria Novella
- Basilica di San Lorenzo
- Chiesa di San Miniato
- Chiesa di Santo Spirito
- Museo di San Marco
- Opera del Duomo
- Cappella Brancacci
- Cappelle Medicee
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Palazzo Medici-Riccardi
- Battistero
- Museo del Novecento
- Badia Fiorentina

PROGRAMME Course B: Art in Florence from the Middle Ages to the XXth century


Lesson 1. Precursors of the Renaissance in the 13th and 14th century: Giotto and Cimabue

Lesson 2. The dawn of the Renaissance in sculpture and architecture: Donatello, Brunelleschi, Alberti

Lesson 3. The first Renaissance in painting: Masaccio, Masolino, Frà Angelico, Filippo Lippi

Lesson 4. Art and philosophy: Piero della Francesca and Botticelli

Lesson 5. Masters of masters: Verrocchio, Ghirlandaio, Perugino

Lesson 6. Leonardo Da Vinci

Lesson 7. Raffaello

Lesson 8. Michelangelo



Lesson 1. Mannerism in Venice, Emilia and Florence: Tiziano, Giorgione, Correggio, Parmigianino, Andrea del Sarto, Rosso fiorentino, Pontormo

Lesson 2. Baroque painting: the Carracci, Caravaggio

Lesson 3.  Sculpture and baroque architecture in Rome: Bernini and Borromini

Lesson 4. Neoclassicism in sculpture: Canova

Lesson 5. Neoclassicism in painting and architecture: David, John Nash

Lesson 6. Romanticism in painting: Géricault, Delacroix, Ingres Turner

Lesson 7. Historical revivals and Arts and Crafts: Morris, Ruskin, Pugin, Viollet-le-Duc, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Voysey

Lesson 8. Impressionism: Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro

Lesson 9. Post-Impressionism: Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec

Lesson 10. Art Nouveau: Horta, Van de Velde, Guimard, Hoffman, Olbrich, Wagner, Gaudí

Lesson 11. Fauves and Cubism: Matisse, Picasso, Braque

Lesson 12. Futurism and Expressionism: Marinetti, Sant’Elia, Balla, Carrà, Kandisnkij, Marc, Kirchner

Lesson 13. Bauhaus and De Stijl. Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Gropius, Klee

Lesson 14. Dada and Surrealism. Duchamp, Magritte, Dalí, Masson

Lesson 15. Art Brut and Pop Art. Paolozzi, Dubouffet, Hamilton, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Oldenburg

Lesson 16. Abstract Expressionism. Pollock, Rothko

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