Online Private Experience: Becoming Michelangelo

Virtually experience the excitement of learning how the divine Michelangelo – arguably the greatest artist in the history – created his world-famous artworks.

Become Michelangelo  & Learn how to he made his sculptures!

Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo as we virtually visit his birthplace, his workshops, the places he lived and the paths he trod. This week you’ll learn the real authentic techniques of frescoes.

You’ll learn all about the secrets of his work with a world-leading PhD scholar, a published Michelangelo expert and an artist who is able to pass off his own work as Michelangelo’s.

On this introduction to the genius of Michelangelo we hear all about his masterpieces – you can witness one of Michelangelo’s 3 greatest artistic mediums: Drawing, Painting & Frescoes and Sculpture.

Highlights of this online art history experience:

  • Discover the life of Michelangelo with his last apprentice
  • Travel back in time to early renaissance Florence with your expert on this live experience from your home.
  • Q&A with scholar, writer, master painter and sculptor who reproduces Michelangelo’s works.

You Masterclass Expert:

Dr Alan Pascuzzi PhD is a leading Michelangelo expert, published scholar, and a master painter and sculptor. His artist’s studio is across the river in the center of Florence in the artisan’s quarter San Niccolò. He is known as Michelangelo’s ‘Last Apprentice’ due to his painstaking reproductions of 135 Michelangelo drawings.

A Fulbright scholar to Florence, he obtained his PhD from Washington University with specializations in Greek and Roman sculpture and Italian Renaissance art. He has been teaching Renaissance art techniques to students for more than a 20 years.

As a professional artist, he has several frescoes, paintings and sculptures around the world, including in the centre of Florence, the rest of Europe and even China, the US and Australia!

You can find him in TV documentaries on Renaissance art, including the BBC’s ‘The Colour Blue’ and ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo’, and  ’60 Minutes’. Recently, an exhibition of his sculptures, The Ten Madonnas, opened at the Vatican, followed by in Florence. He has just published his first book, ‘Becoming Michelangelo,’ which deals with the early drawings of Michelangelo. He lives in Florence, Italy.

Exclusive online masterclasses & experiences are perfect for:

  • Families stuck in lockdown or home-schooling kids!
  • Fun activities for distanced friends and family to come together online
  • Gifts for a special occasion – book an online birthday party with us!
  • Team-building activities & incentives for colleagues and businesses
  • Online Curricula for schools, colleges & universities

If you would like a custom experience fill in the form below to arrange according to your needs, timing and budget.

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Request a Private Online Masterclass Experience

All of our online virtual masterclass experiences can be hosted privately just for you and or your group. We can customize the virtual experience however you like. Whatever you are looking for we can create and design something specifically for you.

Go ahead and leave us some details below with what you are looking for and we’ll be in touch.

Explore our Private Online Virtual Masterclasses & Experiences

  • Enjoy exploring the world from your own home at a time that suits you.
  • We have amazing experts from around the world. World leaders and passionate locals, all great story-tellers, ready to engage and enthrall you

Great for Families & Kids

  • Make homeschooling fun! Our amazing experts are available for 1 to 1 exciting learning time.
  • Bring to life incredible stories from ancient Rome, learn to make pizza & handmade pasta, or virtually travel on the Venice lagoons!
  • Family-friendly guides are great at bringing learning to life. Our online experiences are designed for children, teens & multigenerational families. Fill out our inquiry form, tell us about yourself and we will get back to you.

Have fun with distanced friends & family

  • If you’re separated from friends or family, plan a get together with a fun online experience on a topic or activity of your choosing!
  • Italian fine wine tasting with a sommelier, a fun relaxed masterclass with a Michelin chef, or a visit to the Vatican with a world-leading expert, we will work with you to create a private experience for your holiday, a special occasion, team building or just for fun. Enquire using our form.

Live Online Curricula for Schools, Universities & Colleges

  • We work with you to develop your own custom multi-session curricula for preschool, kindergarten, middle, upper schools, colleges and universities.
  • Our amazing experts are great at engaging with our dive in deep learning aided by fascinating visual presentations and virtually guided tours.
  • Break out of geographical constraints and jump from viewing masterpieces up close in the world’s greatest museums to going into iconic monuments where history was made.
  • With our interactive conversational Socratic approach, your students will be able to ask our experts questions as they go. Our curricula are also available for parents looking for immersive engaging home-schooling content.

Enjoyable Team Building Online Experiences and Incentives

  • Enjoy connecting virtually with colleagues near and far.
  • Our fabulous experts will guide you through an interactive online experience focused on the topic of your choosing: whether it’s a tasting of fine Italian wine with a noble sommelier, or a fun relaxed masterclass with a Michelin chef, or experiencing the Vatican with a world-leading expert, or having a fun virtual travel disco dance party with a destination of your choice…
  • We will work with you to create a bespoke team-building experience that will be talked about for years to come.
    Enquire using our form above

Date & Times

This private experience can be customised and booked at a time to suit you with sufficient notice.

The times on the booking calendar are a guide and will be confirmed and arranged with you upon booking. Our expert is in Italy (UTC +2) and times will depend on your location and time zone as well as the chef’s availability.

Check your local time at your location with this converter: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com



Can I visit Italy at the moment?

Keep checking with your government’s official travel advice and your airline, as information and regulations change quickly. Regardless of whether you can physically travel to Italy or not these Live Experiences will transport you there from wherever you are in the world!

What are our Online Live Experiences?

These new experiences are live and interactive guided tours or masterclasses with one of our amazing experts.

Each Online Experience will have a unique link to an exclusive online webinar with our world-class experts, where not only will they take you around the world and back in time through their video, but you can ask questions via chat and even interact directly!

It’s not just a lecture, it’s an interactive experience with a live Q&A satisfying all your questions. You get to be in the same ‘room’ as our experts!

What time of day do online experiences take place?

Please see the Date & Times tab for details. You can use this handy timezone converter link to verify what the start time is in your city/region.


What do I need to bring to an online experience?

All you need is a strong internet connection on your phone, tablet or computer. We recommend getting comfortable with a good coffee of nice glass of wine depending on your preference.

What age group is best suited for this online virtual experience?

This experience is appropriate for all ages. Please be aware, historical art, particularly in the renaissance, often features nudity, as in Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture!.

Can my family join this virtual live experience?

Yes of course! There will only be one login per booking on a device, so make sure you can all clearly see the screen.

Do I need to download a software program or install anything?

The experiences are via Zoom, usually this does not require installation but it can depend on your device.  We will send you everything you need with instructions and the link to access the experience when you book.

Do I need a Webcam or and a Microphone? Will other people be able to see me or and hear me?

You do not need these. You have the option to turn on your video and microphone to ask questions or you may use the chat function. You are welcome to interact during the experience; our expert will guide you.  In the question and answer part of the experience you can ask questions via audio or chat. For some experiences with a small group you may also interact with video if you like. We will always ask permission beforehand.

Can I cancel the Virtual Experience?

Virtual Experiences are non-refundable, but are transferable with sufficient advance notice to another time/day. Please see our terms and conditions.

How many spots should I book?

Please consider purchasing an extra guest spot on the experience. It will greatly help our local businesses. We very much appreciate your support.

Minimum Participants:

To run this virtual live experience we require a minimum of 2 people


This is a live private virtual online experience just for you. The pricing reflects the setting up and organisation of this event for your group, including our expert’s fees.

You can have up to 15 people at different locations for this price. If you have more people please contact us directly.

If the time and day you would like is not in the calendar booking system please contact us directly.

We will do the best we can to accommodate your needs and ensure you have a wonderful online experience.

We are available to discuss pricing in special circumstances.

14 reviews for Online Private Experience: Becoming Michelangelo

  1. Janine Weiss

    What a great learning experience….the presentation by Alan Pascuzzi was truly engaging. I am so hooked on these Online Virtual Experiences!! I highly recommend it to everyone to try. So many interesting events to choose from. Thank you Art Viva Tours!

  2. Lindsey Douglas

    Becoming Michelango was a brilliant session. So much more to ‘il divino’ than you could ever imagine, all brought to life by the incredibly talented and enthusiastic Dr Alan Pascuzzi. Would thoroughly recommend these sessions, and Alan’s book ‘Becoming Michelangelo’ is fabulous also.

  3. Lori Guerrini

    Very knowledgeable guest speaker, presentation was enjoyable, entire process easy.

  4. Francine Silver

    I had no difficulty booking and none. My daughter is Janine Weiss and suggested that I would enjoy this program, she was completely correct. I have been to Italy about seven years ago and saw the David and many wonderful sights in Florence. Our tour guide was a retired history teacher and so I was able to understand this more than I thought. I did make a donation and will sign up again for another program and make another donation. I will definitely recommend this to my friends. Stay safe and well. Francine Silver

  5. Mary

    Thank you so much. I really enjoyed this. Beautiful!

  6. Susan Lawrence

    Thank you, once again up to the high standards of ArtViva. Amazing presentations! Just like being there!

  7. Patty Mcgough

    I would and have recommended this. Artviva is dependably great. I look forward to more and have tours and classes reserved for September, I hope!!

  8. Amanda

    Thank you so much to the artist Alan and Art Viva for an outstanding lecture. Alan was incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in Fresco technique and shared this with great enthusiasm. I learnt a lot and shall look forward to attending another online lecture soon.

  9. Owen Morgan

    This Zoom “Tour” of Michelangelo’s development into tone of the renaissance geniuses was a true gem. The Sistine Chapel is, of course a high priority attraction for most tourists in Rome. But the insights given by Dr Alan Pascuzzi are truly amazing. His depth of knowledge of fresco as an art form and of the most intricate details of Michelangelo’s work are staggering. This was a truly memorable event. Many thanks to Rosa and the staff at Artviva and to Dr Pascuzzi.

  10. rachel roxburgh

    I highly recommend this online experience. It was so easy to participate and money well spent! I loved hearing about Michelangelo’s experience as a painter, my memory was refreshed and I learnt new and interesting things about him from a true expert! Thank you so much Art Viva for organising such wonderful ‘virtual tours and lessons’. Many thanks also to Professor Alan Pascuzzi for sharing his extensive epsertise with us!

  11. Diane Weisberger

    Very much enjoyed this presentation. I learned so much. thank you!

  12. Amanda Townsend

    Thank you Alan- we are privileged to share your knowledge

  13. Bill Vanderwall

    A great talk, and so interesting to hear the technical details. We continue to be impressed with what Artviva puts together! Thanks!

  14. Lindsay

    Fascinating insight, as ever Alan. Another great session, and thanks to Rose and all at ArtViva for organising.

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