Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence

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The Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, or "Academy of the Arts of Drawing", is an academy of artists in Florence, Italy. The Accademia e Compagnia delle Arti del Disegno, or "academy and company of the arts of drawing", was founded on 13 January 1563 by Cosimo I de' Medici, under the influence of Giorgio Vasari. It was made up of two parts: the Company was a kind of guild for all working artists, while the Academy was for more eminent artistic personalities of Cosimo’s court, and supervised artistic production in Tuscany. It was later called the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno.

Artists including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Lazzaro Donati, Francesco da Sangallo, Agnolo Bronzino, Benvenuto Cellini, Giorgio Vasari, Bartolomeo Ammannati, and Giambologna were members. Most members of the Accademia were male; Artemisia Gentileschi was the first woman to be admitted.

Its declared purposes are the promotion and diffusion of the arts, and the protection and conservation of cultural heritage worldwide. It organises conferences, concerts, book presentations and exhibitions, and elects noted artists from all over the world to honorary membership.
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  • The Museum is actually not very big and apart from the statue our favorite part was the musical instruments. The instruments were well over a hundred years old and I loved the pianos and the horns...  more »
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  • Located within the ancient palazzo dell'arte dei Beccai. There is a fresco by Pontormo. Unfortunately is open from time to time, with the help of an Association of volunteers who make it possible. A marvel of Florence!
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  • The oldest Art institute in the world, now a private art and design school, holds Michelangelo's statue of the river God, as well as a lot of famous paintings, very refined, and very historic small buildings. There are often art exhibitions.
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