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 (entrance tickets are included in the price). The timetable is usually from 12.30 onwards, compatible with the courses of Italian Language and Applied Art.
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 Age to the XXth century, theory and tours, in English

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

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
1 120.00€ 80.00€
2 240.00€ 135.00€
3 360.00€ 200.00€
4 480.00€ 240.00€

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, theory and tours, in English

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

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