When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Gabriella Di Folco
  • Course Code W23HMSJ06A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The course "Un viaggio nell’arte italiana’’ offers a captivating journey into the world of Italian women artists through the study of twelve remarkable paintings. Each painting represents a significant contribution to the rich artistic heritage of Italy and showcases the talent, creativity, and unique perspective of the artist. Through engaging discussions in the target language, visual analysis, and historical context, we will delve into the masterpieces created by artists across different periods and styles. We will explore works by renowned Italian women artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosalba Carriera, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Plautilla Nelli, Fede Galizia, Elisabetta Siriani, in addition to several lesser known. You will examine the themes, techniques, and symbolism employed in each painting, as well as the social and cultural influences that shaped their creation. Beautiful photos, related texts and activities will give you an opportunity to revise grammatical structures and practice the language at a high level. The course is suitable for students at different language stages, from upper intermediate to advanced.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of twelve iconic paintings by Italian women artists.
  • Explore the historical and cultural contexts in which these artworks were created.
  • Analyze the artistic techniques, symbolism, and themes present in each painting.
  • Foster an appreciation for the diverse perspectives and talents of these artists.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will communicate with video lessons, focus on the language with learning activities and materials between lessons, become more confident in using vocabulary and various language structures. You will get clear guidance and ongoing, regular and informal feedback from your tutor, in a friendly and supportive environment. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals.

    Entry requirements

    No formal qualifications are necessary; a upper intermediate knowledge of the Italian language is required to be able to follow the course in Italian only.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will do independent reading, research and language activities before every lesson. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required.

    What you need

    You will need a device to access online video sessions and materials (handouts and links to various websites) supplied by your tutor in Microsoft Teams.

    What you can do next

    You will be able to progress to 'Un viaggio nell'arte italiana' unit 2 and attend the Saturday course 'L'appuntamento con l'arte' (course code: W23HMSJ08A/B/C) at the National Gallery on the 21st of October, 10th of February, and 22nd of June.