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A Place for the Art


Founded in Florence in 2009 from the inspiration of our Russian Director Molugova Nadezhda and Academicians, the Academy is strategically located in the Italian city of Florence; an ideal place where to learn and develop art and live a life in which each day the eye is caught by the historical beauties of the historical Italian art, a place where to live and experience the true “dolce vita”.


Who we are: We are a private international Visual Arts Academy based in the heart of Italy – Florence since 2009. 


What we do:  We train young people from all over the world through our unique method of applied knowledge to become professional artists that can paint and draw both from models and from imagination. 

We provide for our students: KNOWLEDGE, TECHNIQUE, WORLDVIEW, and PORTFOLIO. 


Our vision: We dream to re-create Renaissance in a modern art scene by teaching the traditional values and technical excellence. 


Our mission: To empower and train the student to gain the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for becoming a professional in the field of Visual Arts


Our values:  We value the 1-on-1 time of the student with the teacher. We value a customized and personalized approach and work in small groups (10 – 15 people). We value the nourishment and growth of each individual student and development of their unique artistic style and taste. We value self-discipline in the classroom and outside the classroom which results in character development, necessary to face the competitive world of jobs today. 





The place is a well known source of inspiration which surely benefits the artist. Florence offers a rich and stimulating environment for art studies and living, a great life experience. Here you are in direct contact with works by many great Masters - among them Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli, all of whom made their name in this very city. Among the many art galleries and museums there are the “Uffizi Gallery” and “Pitti Palace” which are world famous.

The city offers a lively and safe night-life and all the designers fashion shops, a vast number of bars and restaurants. Our Academy is nicely located at about 20 minutes walking distance from the centre, in a very well served area.

Our Professors are skilled artists graduated from top Russian academies. We have a very friendly environment where students are required to work intensively but with our professors always ready to listen, guide and encourage. 


Due to their experience they are able to assist the students by helping them to express their potential and become professional artists, working on subjects as: Painting, Drawing, Anatomy, Composition, Chromatics, Perspective and History of Art.

Our Teaching Method was born 300 years ago when Russian artists developed it, inspired mainly from Italian and French Masters from Renaissance and later periods. Various famous artists contributed to this method and among them: Repin, Surikov, Serov, Levitan, Vasnetsov and Kuindzhi.


The Mission of our Florence Academy Art is to build on such great traditions and help students to explore new ways, just as the first “Avant-garde” artists did at their time. That means expressing themselves in new ways through a deep understanding of techniques, gained through an integrated academic approach.



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The Florence Classical Arts Academy is based in the Villa di Bargioni, a XIXth century Palazzo close to the center of Florence with a large atelier, courtyard and excellent facilities for public and commercial presentations and events.

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Property in Via Galliano


The main warehouse and the oldest body, the “Capannone” from the nineteenth-century was purchased by Bruno Bargioni in the year 1936 to set up his own hats factory, famous for producing hats straw. The industry was developed on the most fashionable hats following the French trend, considered by that time the only country for fashion. 

In the year 1937 was built the current house, connected to the warehouse but making a single body, to move with it all the family, that at that time counted with the two first daughters, Mary and Lora, together with the wife Eriberta, she also very active in the field of producing hats. 


Later on 1947, the small warehouse, the “Capannoncino” was built over the yard to give further vent to the production of hats that was having successes and needed more space. 


In the early seventies the Bargioni family, who was enlarged for the born of two more children of the first generation and the first four grandchildren, move from the residence of Via Galliano and made the first and one of the most important restorations: the whole property becomes the middle school of the neighborhood, all the boys and girls of the zone come to the large rooms for going to school. In the meantime, the “Capannone” becomes a bench of the most company for billboard advertising, very much in vogue by that time, in their work were included also some of the best billboards of Campari. On the other hand, the “Capannoncino” will see the birth of what it will become an important roasting of coffee in the Tuscany area. 

In the 80’s, the school moved, and the main building is transformed in licensing offices for "Caccia e Pesca” and it became an important meeting point for all hunting sports lovers.


In the early years of the new millennium, the Bargioni family made an important and deep restoration of all the property: the “Capannone” is equipped with new foundations and reinforcements for all the supporting pillars of the roof, ceiling beams are individually analyzed to confirm its robustness and the upholstery was totally replaced with wooden boards that is now completely visible; the "Capannoncino" was completely dismantled and reconstructed with a self-supporting structure in iron that eliminates any central pillar and optimizes space ; the “Capannone”  is equipped with internal lift, two facilities for each floor and changing rooms in the structure beyond the courtyard.