The British Institute of Florence Offers New Study Opportunities in Art History

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The British Institute of Florence is expanding its range of art history courses by introducing two new intensive courses which offer the student a new approach to the subject.

We have put a great deal of effort into creating courses which look at aspects of Florentine art in a particular context

The British Institute of Florence is expanding its range of art history courses by introducing two new intensive courses which offer the student a new approach to the subject. The new courses, which will be running in the Summer and Autumn of 2010, promise to give students an insight into the techniques of Fresco artists, and the portrayal of crime in art.

The Art of Crime course runs from 4-8 October 2010, and aims to delve beneath the surface of some of the most famous artworks to reveal how renaissance Florentines used art to express the principles of good and evil. From the sinful Mary Magdalen to portraits of traitors, images of offenders decorate all corners of the Renaissance city. With such gritty content, the course is sure to be popular with students from around the globe.

Another new course which will be running from 7-11 June 2010, is the Florentine Frescoes course. Students will be exploring the techniques employed by the city’s most successful exponents of Fresco art, such as Giotto, Ghirlandaio, Fra Angelico, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. The course will look at why fresco painting was such a popular art style, and the British Institute of Florence hope that it will give students a deep enough insight to try out some of the techniques themselves.

Director of the British Institute of Florence, Vanessa Hall-Smith MBE said “We are excited about the addition of these new courses which add depth and breadth to our existing art history programme. We have put a great deal of effort into creating courses which look at aspects of Florentine art in a particular context and I believe that has really paid off as the topics we cover are fascinating”.

The British Institute of Florence is a cultural institute founded in 1917 in Florence, Italy. It promotes Anglo –Italian cultural relations, and offers students the chance to learn English, or learn Italian in Italy. The British Institute of Florence also manages a lending library of English books to Illustrate British and Italian literature, art, history and music. For further information, background and photographs, please contact: info(at)britishinstitute(dot)it.

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