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Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
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Established 1744
Type Public
Location Madrid, Spain

The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando), located on the Calle de Alcalá in the heart of Madrid, currently functions as a museum and gallery.

The academy was established by royal decree in 1744. About twenty years later, the enlightened monarch, Charles III purchased a former Baroque palace and commissioned architect Diego de Villanueva to convert it for academic use. Doubling as a museum and gallery, today it houses a fine art collection of paintings from the 15th to 20th century: Giovanni Bellini, Correggio, Rubens, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya, Juan Gris... The academy is also the headquarters of the Madrid Academy of Art.

Francisco Goya was once one of the academy's directors, and, its alumni include Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Fernando Botero. [1][2]


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Coordinates: 40°25′05″N 3°42′01″W / 40.41806°N 3.70028°W / 40.41806; -3.70028


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