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Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00 hours, including holidays.
Closed August month.
General: 6 euros
Reduced: 3 euros
Enjoy low rate of youth card holders, Student Card or international equivalents, groups linked to cultural or educational institutions comprised between 15 and 25 people, members of boards or other governing bodies of public museums. Citizens U.E. members of large families.
Accreditation: college students, teachers of schools, under 18, over 65 or retired, unemployed registered with the INEM, public museums professionals and members of national and international associations (ANABAD, ICOM, AECA, AICA … ), members of professional associations of artists, national tourist guides, journalists in performing their professional activity. Large families: one adult and at least three children, or if one of them is disabled.
To the public free admission all non-holiday Wednesdays and on 18 May (International Museum Day), October 12th (Feast National) and December 6 (Constitution Day).
Alcalá, 13. 28014 Madrid
Telephone: +34 91-524 08 64
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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 palace in Madrid as the academy’s new home. The building had been designed by José Benito de Churriguera for the Goyeneche family. The king commissioned Diego de Villanueva to convert the building for academic use, employing a neoclassical style in place of Churriguera’s baroque design.
Doubling as a museum and gallery, today it houses a fine art collection of paintings from the 15th to 20th century: Arcimboldo, Giovanni Bellini, Correggio, Rubens, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya, Juan Gris, Pablo Serrano, among others. 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, Antonio López García, Juan Luna, Oscar de la Renta and Fernando Botero.
The Academy’s permanent collection includes masterpieces of Spanish, Italian and Flemish art. Goya was a member since 1780 and the Museum preserves 13 of his paintings highlighting the two self-portraits, the Bullfight, the portraits of Moratín, Juan de Villanueva, actress La Tirana and the famous carnival scene known as Burial of the Sardine.
They are part of the permanent collection works as Agnus Dei and Zurbaran Mercedarios Friars; a Magdalene Maria de Ribera, signed in 1636; Arcimboldo the only conserved in Spain; the Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice, signed by Leandro Bassano; the splendid picture Dream Knight Pereda; Old Testament scene of Susannah and the Elders of Rubens; the Marquesa de Llano by Mengs, Van Loo box of Venus, Mercury and Love made in 1748; the nineteenth century is represented by Spanish art with the series of portraits of Vicente Lopez, the magnificent portrait of Manuel Godoy, Prince of Peace José de Madrazo or the Portrait of Isabel II by Federico de Madrazo. Other trends such as Romanticism of Esquivel and other genres as landscapes Haes.El twentieth century also show deserves special attention because it offers us the current academic work, allowing us to have a vision of contemporary art.
The museum also offers a large collection of sculpture that allows you to see the Spanish sculptural evolution from the seventeenth century to the present day.