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Her Story of Art Florence

Applications for this course are now closed! Join our MOON Letter for news on when and where this course runs next. 


Dates & Times

Sunday 10 - Sunday 17 April 2022


Florence, Italy


Join us for a week in Florence this spring to explore the untold history of women artists from classical antiquity up to the early modern period. We will begin in ancient Rome and move through Italian history, as you engage with visual and written sources on the lives and works of women artists, on a journey that spans over 1,500 years of art. You will also gain an insight into how men and women trained as artists, their marketing strategies and how myth was translated into art across different mediums during the "revival" of classical antiquity known as the Renaissance. In the afternoons, you will train in three different artistic techniques at an art school and visit sites to see the artwork you have been studying up close.

Who is this course suitable for? 

This course would be highly beneficial to independent learners, taught and research students and educators who are keen to enrich their understanding of Art History, Art, Classics and the Renaissance. No prior knowledge of women artists required. Pre-reading activities will be set before the course start date. 


A Typical Day 


9 - 10         Coffee and Colazione

10 - 11       Artists in Ancient Rome: When, where and how?

11 - 12       Scholarship Seminar: 15th century discoveries of antiquities, real or fake?

2 - 5            Renaissance Fresco-Making Workshop

7 - 9            Creative activism in the Uffizi, followed by Aperitivo with a view of Florence 

*There will be 4-6 hours contact time each day but free time will be factored in throughout. No classroom-based tuition on Sunday. Picture: Tina at Palazzo Corsini.

Cultural Programme

In the evenings, students are free to immerse themselves in the dolce vita alongside their studies and join optional activities on our Cultural Programme, gaining access to authentic Florentine nightlife, outdoor film and music events, reading groups, art exhibitions and rooftop bars. Included in the course fee are three hands-on art training workshops and we can also help you organise experience add-ons during the week. 


Our Approach

Our courses in Italy are always intellectual and practical: Why study the lives of artists in the library, when you could immerse yourself in their world and experiences? At Forte Academy, our seminars are highly interactive with a strong emphasis on primary sources and intellectual tool-building, so that you gain the skills to understand and research the past with "fresh eyes". Our philosophy is to 'Challenge the Canon' and we encourage students to draw links across genres and time periods, with some occasional creative activism encouraged! 

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What's Included?*

  • Full timetable of morning seminars with a strong emphasis on primary sources, exploring the lives and work of women artists from classical antiquity up to the early modern period in Italy.

  • 3 Renaissance art workshops (approx 3 hours), in which students will train in different artistic techniques during the afternoon such as fresco, clay sculpture and egg tempera painting. Students can take their masterpieces home!

  • Tickets to site visits on the itinerary, including: The Bardini Museum, The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens.

  • Cultural Programme of evening events, such as city walks, outdoor film and music events, art exhibitions and creative activism in galleries with Tina (our art activist barbie).

  • 3 lunches.

  • 24/7 Staff Assistance.

*Flights, accommodation and meals except those listed are not included. Students must be 18 years old at the time of travel unless accompanied. 

Fees & How to Apply 

Full Course: £1050

Application status: Closed


Join our MOON Letter for news on when applications open for the next course. 

*Students who receive a place offer will be invited to secure their spot by making a downpayment on the store. See our Course Fee (GBP/USD) list and Cancellation Policy 2022.


Florence boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. We can help advise current students on finding a home base for the week within walking distance of our classroom in the vibrant city centre, from Sunday to Sunday, 7 nights. 

Language & Experience Add-Ons

  • 5 x 1 hour conversational Italian or Latin lessons 

  • Rafting on the River Arno

  • Pasta-making workshop​​

Optional add-ons are subject to availability depending on the time of year and can be organised at an additional cost.

Feedback from our students...


"A fascinating, rewarding course with passionate and remarkably insightful and engaging lecturers. On the whole, really well-adapted to an online format. It always felt rooted in a love of Florence, despite the distance. I would recommend to anyone at all interested in Renaissance Italy or Ancient Rome" - CA 2020 Student

"The course was engaging and fascinating from start to finish. Every session was presented by an expert who brought their subject to life, all the more impressive as it was online. I would highly recommend this course." - CA 2020 Student

"I am absolutely blown away by how much information I received during this course. It feels like so many more doors have been opened for me to explore, and thanks to Florence and the team my appetite for the Classics has increased tremendously! Each day felt like a brand new experience, and I left every session having learnt at least five things I didn't know before. If you want an entirely new perspective on the Classics and what it means to be a historian, I couldn't recommend this course more." - Erin, CA 2021 Student

"The Forte Academy programme offered a perfect variety of content that both challenged and expanded my knowledge of the Renaissance and how we tackle the Classical Canon - both what we can learn from it and how we can challenge it. The plethora of primary sources ranged from art to poetry to letters and really painted the picture of the Florentine past, I highly recommend." - CA 2021 Student

In Florence

"I thought it offered a truly fascinating insight into Florence’s classical, medieval and renaissance history in a fun, accessible way. The people were lovely and the location perfect." - CA 2019 Student

"Fantastic experience, would definitely do the same or something similar again!" - CA 2019 Student

"A superb way to see Florence that built on the material I've been covering at uni, demonstrating in the stone and paint of the Renaissance masterpieces the continuous link between the ancient and modern worlds." - Matthew, CA 2019 Student

"An amazing trip, would recommend to anyone." - CA 2019 Student

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