Innovations in Italian Art

The Italian Cultural & Community Center is proud to present an all new art history lecture series exploring three of Italy’s most pioneering artists: Giotto, Caravaggio, and De Chirico. We are delighted to welcome back instructor Francesca Lanza for Innovations in Italian Art, this May at the Italian Cultural & Community Center.

Three classes, three incredible artists

The first class will examine Giotto, one of the first artists to give a new direction to art in Late Medieval Italy. Breaking with the stylized traditions of Byzantine art, Giotto drew from real life with a more natural style and three-dimensional quality. We will explore some of his most famous works: the Scrovegni Chapel, the Assisi frescoes, and a number of panel paintings.

The second class will focus on Caravaggio, one of the most controversial artists in the Italian art world. With his dramatic compositions and liberal employment of the chiaroscuro technique, Caravaggio influenced generations of artists throughout the continent, including Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Bernini.

The third and final class will explore the work of Giorgio De Chirico, one of the biggest names in twentieth-century Italian art. Influenced by the Surrealist movement, De Chirico founded the Metaphysical Art movement in 1910. He is best known for his enigmatic paintings like The Disquieting Muses. Salvador Dalì and René Magritte were among the many artists to take inspiration from De Chirico.

From the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, we look forward to exploring the wonderful world of Italian art with you.



Monday, May 6, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Meet Your Instructor


Francesca Lanza was born in Savona, Italy. She has a master’s degree in History of Arts and Management of Cultural Heritage. In Italy, she worked as a museum educator where she enjoyed teaching art. In 2015, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to follow her husband. There, she worked at the local museum of fine arts. At the end of 2016, she moved to Houston where she started to teach private and group classes at the ICCC for students of all ages. She loves teaching Italian language and culture and shares her passion for Italian culture and art with students of all ages.




$75 ICCC Members | $100 Non-members

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is non-refundable, but we offer tuition credit toward a future group class if you cancel 48 hours in advance of the start of the first class. Tuition credit is valid for six months from the start date of the course. If you cancel less than 48 hours in advance, your tuition payment will be converted into a tax-deductible donation to the Italian Cultural & Community Center. You may cancel by phone at (713) 524-4222, ext. 2.

Click here to become a member of the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston. As a member, you’ll receive special discounts on tickets to our events and language classes.

This event is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.



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