Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Madrid

Madrid's Fine Arts Academy

Madrid's Fine Arts Museum & Gallery (Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando) was established by Fernando VI in 1752.

Picasso and Dali are former students of this arts academy, housed in the 18th century Goyeneche Palace just a short walk down the street from Puerta del Sol.

The academy's gallery (or Fine Arts Museum) includes works by old masters such as Van Dyck and Rubens, and drawings by Raphael and Titian. Naturally, Spanish artists are well represented, with the highlight being magnificent works by El Greco, Velazquez, Murillo, Ribera, and Zurbaran (look for his outstanding Fray Pedro Machado).

Goya has an entire room devoted to him (he's one of the academy's former directors), and among several of his noteworthy works are his self-portrait painted in 1815, and the rather grim "Madhouse".

In total there are more than 1,500 paintings and almost 600 sculptures, ranging from the 15th century all the way to the present.

For lovers of Spanish painting, this is a must-visit. Although not as famous as the Prado, Reina Sofia, or the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, it is considered one of Spain's most important art galleries.

Madrid's Academy of Art has its headquarters here, and the same building also houses the National Chalcography Museum, containing original plates used by several painters such as Goya to engrave on copper or brass. If interested, you may buy limited edition prints.


Address: C/ Alcalá, 13, 28014 Madrid
Tel: +34 91-524 08 64
Fax: +34 91-524 10 34
Opening hours:
- Tuesday to Friday - 9am to 2pm & 4pm to 7pm (9pm in July & August)
- Saturday - 9am to 2:30pm & 4pm to 7pm (9pm in July & August)
- Sunday, Monday & Public Holidays - 9am to 2:30pm
- Free with the Madrid Card. Click for more information
- General entrance fee: 3 euros (discounts for students, under 18's and pensioners)
Metro: Sol & Sevilla