The Italian of art

… what is it?

It is an innovative course for learning the Italian language through the analysis of pictorial artwork, designed for intermediate-level foreign students (B1 / B2), according to the Common Framework of Reference for Languages. The course has a communicative approach: with a visual input by using a work of art, the student is invited to think and hypothesise on the work in question, to work on their knowledge of Italian, to develop their own communicative skills, and to talk about Italian art in Italian. It is also intended to allow the student to achieve a degree of independence in finding and obtaining information about the history of Italian art.

What does the book consist of?

The volume is structured in several different sections:

  • Four teaching units (Unità didattiche) designed to make artwork known through a correct historical-artistic approach and to acquaint the student with the sectoral language of art. Each unit is made up of activities and texts, a brief summary of the topics discussed, and art work related to what will be taught in the unit.
  • In the Analysis section works of different styles and periods (Analisi di opere di diversi stili e periodi ), ten masterpieces of Italian art will be analysed .
  • In-depth papers (Schede di approfondimento) with the synthetic analysis of eight works of art, not covered in the previous sections.
  • The Language and Grammar Exercises (Eserciziario di lingua e Grammatica) allows the student to practice using the specific language of the art and at the same time to rethink the grammar.
  • In addition there are the answers to all the exercises in the book and the listening texts that are not shown next to the text .
  • A Glossary (Glossario) with the main terms of the art used in painting.

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Audio files related to listening texts


Interactive exercises


Image galleries for the artwork of some periods or artistic movements.

  • Access all digital material (Risorse online) of Italian art on the website
    • Teacher’s guide with educational instructions
    • Art Games with printable and Cut out Cards
    • MP3 files with texts for listening exercises.

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About Rossana Andriuzzi.

Rossana Andriuzzi (from Anzi, Basilicata) graduated in Modern Letters with Historical Artistic Art in Florence (with a thesis in Miniature History and Italian Minor Arts) and subsequently became a Literary Teacher for Middle and Italian Secondary Schools .
She also, while living in Florence for several years, taught Italian Language, History of Art and Jewellery History in several Italian Language Institutes for Foreigners, having  obtained the DITALS Certification at the University of Siena.
She has been living and working in Japan since 2004, where she continues to teach Italian at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo.