Learn Italian with Art

So you love Italy, and you like art... why not learn Italian through art? In this series we take you on a journey where you can enjoy the beauty of famous masterpieces and at the same time learn the language that you need to understand the description of a painting, a sculpture, or a building. This will enrich your expressive ability and take your Italian to the next level!

You will soon find out that formal, academic Italian, filled with Latin-derived terms that have close English equivalents, may actually be easier to understand than colloquial speech.

In Episode 1, available in full on YouTube, we cover some general grammar concepts and explain recurring words that are often found in this context, while in the following ones we will add more vocabulary and delve deeper into specific language features.


In this 26-minute video Anna reads a short text in Italian about Sandro Botticelli and his masterpiece Nascita di Venere, then she translates it and explains the most important words and grammar points. The video is divided into 3 parts that you can watch in separate sessions in order to absorb more easily all the concepts explained.

Part 1: Oggi incontriamo un artista...
Part 2: L'opera che ammireremo oggi...
Part 3: Botticelli divenne in quegli anni...

About this series

Learn Italian with Art will include 10 videos with accompanying PDFs, and will be available for purchase in early 2021. We will publish the course content list shortly.

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Episode 1 is accompanied by 2 PDFs with video transcript, English translation, references, credits, a biography of Sandro Botticelli, grammar expansions, and a glossary. The full text is reserved to our patrons, but you can download samples here:

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Questions?

Guide to Italian Art

Language Intro