Study Art History in Florence on a Budget
Michelangelo's David in Florence.
If you wish to study art history in
Florence you have plenty of options. A search of web search
will turn up well over 20 institutions offering such courses. However,
many are taught only in Italian, are offered only in the
summer, or have a high cost of tuition.
The British Institute of Florencehoused
in two 15th-century palazzi on opposite sides of the Arno River
a few blocks from the Ponte Vecchiooffers
year-round courses in Italian language and culture, including
art history, opera, drawing, and cooking. In addition, it organizes
guided day trips to destinations such as Rome, Bologna, Siena,
Prato, and many other locations related to specific courses.
The art history course, taught in English,
ranges from a week to four weeks or more, with plenty of
free time for exploring on your own, and at an affordable tuition.
All art history courses at the British Institute are taught in English by professors with doctoral-level expertise in Renaissance painting, architecture, and sculpture. Even for art history novices, these lively courses provide an excellent way to see and learn about Florence. Admission to lectures and tours can be purchased on a per-event basis. When sightseeing on your own, you can have the thrill of accidentally stumbling upon (or intentionally finding) exactly the same works of art discussed in the formal lectures.
The intensive week-long art history courses
consist in introductory lectures and a whirlwind of on-site tours,
which are equally superb.
Botticelli's Birth of Venus and onlookers.
In addition to courses on art history, the
Institute hosts regularly scheduled receptions, lectures, and
other cultural events that allow the English-speaking students
to meet Italian students.
The Harold Acton Library has over 52,000
largely English-language volumes, and still growing, published
between the 16th and 21st centuries covering art, Italian studies
and language, music, travel, history, and English literature.
Students can borrow books or use the comfortable reading room
that overlooks the Arno.
For more information on the fascinating,
ever-changing, and creative courses offered, as well as the precides
yearly costs and dates, see the website of The
British Institute of Florence.