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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Name: Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Fine Arts Academy)
Type: Italian Academy – Italian State University
The Brera Fine Arts Academy offers a program equivalent to a university degree. At the end of their studies, students are awarded a university degree accredited by the Italian Government, in compliance with European standards.
Some 3,000-4,000 students attend the Academy and the majority of courses are held at the historic Palazzo Brera (12th century), in the eponymous artists’ district. The building also houses the Orto Botanico and the Osservatorio Astronomico (Botanical Garden and Astronomical Observatory) and the Pinacoteca di Brera. Originally opened in 1776 at the same time as the Academy as a place of study for students, in the early 19th century, the Pinacoteca became a public museum and is now considered among one of the most famous in Milan. The Institute’s heritage also includes the Biblioteca d’Arte Contemporanea (the Contemporary Art Library) as well as a vast collection of paintings, photographs, plaster works, drawings, prints and archive documents.
During the course of its long history, the rooms of the Academy have been graced by the exponents of all European and artistic cultural movements, from early Romanticism to contemporary art, while its alma mater and lecturers have included names of the calibre of Adolfo Wildt, Marino Marini, Lucio Fontana, Ibrahim Likmetaj Kodra, Bertel Thorvaldsen and Francesco Hayez.
Open since: 1776
Partnerships: among others, Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Teatro alla Scala
Via Brera, 28
M2 (green line) Lanza
T: +39 +02 86955.1