Renaissance Art Historian in Florence, Italy
An art historian with 2 master’s degrees and more than two decades of research and writing about Renaissance artists, Paola brings an exceptional level of expertise and passion to her work as lecturer, teacher, and tour guide.
She has the privilege to meet in Florence people from all walks of life in addition to the powerful influencers from the world of entertainment, media and politics.
About Paola Vojnovic
Born in the former Yugoslavia, Paola Vojnovic immigrated with her family to the United States in 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Arizona State University (1999), her Master of Arts degree in Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University, New York (2008), and her second Master’s degree in Preservation and Management of Archaeological, Historical and Artistic Heritage from the Università di Siena, Italy (2010). Paola held internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, the Pitti Palace/Galleria d’arte Moderna in Florence, and for UNESCO in Serbia.
In 2005 Paola received a prestigious scholarship from Syracuse University in New York. This unique Florence Fellowship allowed her to dig deep in the Renaissance, work in the archives, and have the entire city of Florence as a classroom. Since 2011, she has worked at the Basilica of Santa Croce, the magnificent cultural complex that is the burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and many more Italian greats. She is currently responsible for Fundraising and Museum Outreach at Opera di Santa Croce, and works on numerous special projects for the organization. In addition, Paola teaches art history at the British Institute of Florence, leads field trip lectures for Syracuse University in Florence, and lectures at other American university programs abroad that are based in Florence.
Her research was published in Città di Vita, Siti UNESCO, The Florentine, and other publications, and she has edited two books, "The Basilica of Santa Croce: American Reflections" and "Il Ponte delle Immagini." She also co-authored "Santa Croce in Pink," a guidebook focusing on women buried or celebrated in the church of Santa Croce. Recently, Paola appeared in a documentary about the 1966 Great Flood of Florence, “When the World Answered,” produced by PBS in the United States.
Paola serves on the advisory board of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, Florence, and has served as the special adviser to the Serbian Minister of Culture in Belgrade.
Prior to pursuing her graduate degrees in art history, Paola owned and managed WIP Art Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.