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.
Reviews of Paola's Venice Masterclass 101
I enjoyed the diverse slate of lecturers in this course. They were all excellent and discussed a broad selection of Venetian artists. The lectures were very detailed and thoughtful, directed to those who love the discipline of art history and were not just superficial guidebook explanations. Paola has discussed doing a further course on Venice and I very much hope she will-this course left me hungering for more.
Additionally, Paola offered many interesting add on guest lectures on art topics not necessarily specific to Venice. Two were on foundations doing art restoration in Italy, others were on diverse art history topics. Again, of very high quality and I was glad to have the opportunities to hear those.
HC, San Francisco
A Renaissance Art Historian and Culture Management expert, with deeply rooted experience in international arts projects and fundraising for culture in Italy, Paola Vojnovic is also a curator, published author and research scholar as well as a sought-after private tour guide for Florence. The recipient of a prestigious Renaissance Florence Fellowship from Syracuse University, New York, Paola has been active in the fields of arts and culture since 2000. Paola is also the creator and host of Paola’s Studiolo, the virtual meeting room of leading scholars, museum curators, and thinkers of our time. The series is inspired by the Renaissance concept of a studiolo (little studio), which was a room in 15th-century palaces specially designed for study and contemplation.
Paola Vojnovic 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). She held internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice (2000), the Pitti Palace/Galleria d’arte Moderna in Florence (2007), and for UNESCO in Serbia (2010).
Since 2008, she has taught art history at the British Institute and major American universities in Florence. From 2011 – 2019 Paola worked for Opera di Santa Croce, nonprofit in charge of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, where among other projects, she oversaw fundraising. Successful campaigns provided funds for the restoration of the Loggia of the Pazzi Chapel, the tombs of Michelangelo, and Machiavelli, and many other works of art.
Paola’s research has been published in Città di Vita, Siti UNESCO, The Florentine, The Australian’s WISH magazine and other books and periodicals. With Opera di Santa Croce she produced two exhibitions: Sisters in Liberty, hosted by the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, NY from October 2019 – September 2020; while Serbia terra di affreschi, organized in the collaboration with the National Museum of Belgrade, was featured at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence; Church of Santissimi Apostoli in Rome, and the Church of Santa Maria della Salute in Viterbo in 2011-2012.
Paola 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 Basilica of Santa Croce.
Recently, Paola appeared in the ABC News segment on Dante, produced by the Columbus Citizen Association which aired on ABC-7 NY in October 2021. She also appears in the role of the Renaissance Signora in Dante and Beatrice in Florence: a Musical Film, which came out in November 2021. In 2016, she was a part of the documentary about the 1966 Great Flood of Florence, “When the World Answered,” produced by PBS.
Paola is an acclaimed specialized guide for the City of Florence and among the many individuals that she worked with human rights leaders, bestselling authors, celebrities, and powerful global influencers.
In addition to creating custom tours for individuals and families, Paola also designs cultural programs for specialized small groups, and acts as a liaison between museums and clients to provide special behind-the-scenes access and thus ensuring unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for visitors to Italy.
Thanks to the unique world of personal connections, Paola also offers diverse consultation services for arts and culture in Italy.
Prior to pursuing her graduate degrees in art history, Paola owned and managed WIP Art Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona (2001-2005).
She had the honor to serve as a special advisor to a Serbian Minister of Culture (2011-2012).
Member of The Renaissance Society of America.