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Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Calle Alcala, 13
Tuseday to Sunday: 10:00 - 15:00 h, including holidays.
Closed on Monday.
The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando is one of the best fine arts museums in Madrid, and it is located in downtown Madrid. It is one of the most important art museums in Spain and has European art from the last 4 centuries. This started as an art school that was founded in 1752 by King Fernando VI. Many famous Spanish artists studied here because the school had original art that the students could copy and learn from. In 1975 it became part of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and it opened as a museum in 1986. It owns 1400 paintings, 600 sculptures, and 15,000 drawings (many from its students), and a big collection of decorative arts. The decorative arts include tapestries, silver, ceramics, porcelain, clocks, furniture and medals. So one can see practically the whole history of Spanish art in this museum.
The museum entrance.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted Primavera in 1563.
Zurbaran painted Fray Jeronimo Perez in 1662.
Pedro de Mena sculpted this Dolorasa in 1673. He was the best sculptor of his time in Spain.
Sorolla painted Bath in the Beach in 1923.
Pablo Gargallo sculpted Academy in 1934.
Pedro Bueno Villarejo painted Male Portrait in 1948.
Santiago Rusiñol painted Mountain Gardens in 1904. He was one of the best Catalan artists.
Mariano Benlliure sculpted Don Luis de Landecho in 1941.
Federico de Madrazo painted the Portrait of Isabel II in 1844.
Jose Madrazo y Agudo painted the Portrait of Manuel Godoy in 1816.
Bernardo Lopez Piquer sculpted the Infante Francisco de Paua Antonio.
The second floor gallery.