Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia

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Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia
Accademia di belle arti di Venezia
Casa degli Incurabili Venezia Zattere.jpg
Façade of the Ospedale degli Incurabili, home of the Accademia
Motto et veteres revocavit artes
Type academy of art
Established 24 September 1750 (24 September 1750)
President Luigino Rossi
Location Venice, Italy
45°25′43″N 12°19′50″E / 45.4287°N 12.3305°E / 45.4287; 12.3305Coordinates: 45°25′43″N 12°19′50″E / 45.4287°N 12.3305°E / 45.4287; 12.3305

The Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia is a public tertiary academy of art in Venice, Italy.


The Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia was founded on 24 September 1750; the statute dates from 1756.[1] The first director was Giovanni Battista Piazzetta; Gianbattista Tiepolo became the first president after his return from Würzburg.[2] The academy was at first housed in a room on the upper floor of the Fonteghetto della Farina, a flour warehouse and market on the Grand Canal, close to Piazza San Marco. The space was insufficient, and students and teachers had to contend with the noise and dust of the market, which also occupied the first floor of the building.[2]

Antonio Canova studied at the academy in the 1770s.[3]

In 1807, the academy was re-founded by Napoleonic decree. The name was changed from Veneta Academia di Pittura, Scultura e Architettura to Accademia Reale di Belle Arti, "royal academy of fine arts", and the academy was moved to premises in the Palladian complex of the Scuola della Carità.[1][4]

In 1879, the Accademia di Belle Arti and the Gallerie dell'Accademia became administratively separate, but continued to share the same buildings until 2004, when the art school moved to the Ospedale degli Incurabili. Like other state art academies in Italy, it became an autonomous degree-awarding institution under law no. 508 dated 21 December 1999,[5] and falls under the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita e della Ricerca, the Italian ministry of education and research.[6]


  1. ^ a b Accademia di belle arti di Venezia, 1750–2010. Historical background. Accademia di belle arti di Venezia. Archived 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Elisa Viola (2005). L'Accademia di Venezia: i maestri, le collezioni, le sedi (in Italian). Venezia: Marsilio. ISBN 9788831786553. p. 17.
  3. ^ "Canova, Antonio", The Dictionary of Art: volume V, ed. Jane Turner, in thirty-four volumes, 1996. Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1998. Print.
  4. ^ Gallerie dell'Accademia: Storia delle collezioni (in Italian). Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio storico, artistico ed etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Venezia e dei comuni della Gronda lagunare, 7 October 2009. Accessed July 2013.
  5. ^ Legge 21 dicembre 1999, n.508: Riforma delle Accademie di belle arti, dell'Accademia nazionale di danza, dell'Accademia nazionale di arte drammatica, degli Istituti superiori per le industrie artistiche, dei Conservatori di musica e degli Istituti musicali pareggiati. (in Italian). Gazzetta Ufficiale, 4 gennaio 2000 n.2. Archived 1 October 2011.
  6. ^ Accademie di belle arti (in Italian). Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca: AFAM – Alta Formazione Artistica, Musicale e Coreutica. Accessed July 2013.