The Brera Academy
The Brera Academy was founded in 1776 by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in the climate of the Enlightenment who saw in the intertwining of sciences, letters and arts the foundation of humanistic culture in modernity. Since its origins it has been distinguished by a unique concept that takes shape in the Brera palace, where the Academy coexists with the Gymnasium, the Palatine Schools for legal and philosophical sciences, the Astronomical Observatory, the Physics and Chemistry Laboratories. , the Botanical Garden, the Teresian Library, the Academy of Sciences and later the Gallery of paintings, the nucleus of the current Pinacoteca. Today the Brera Academy is known all over the world and, in addition to being an important study center and habitat for those who want to do their work in art, it boasts a rich heritage consisting of: the picture gallery, the gipsoteca, the cabinet of drawings and prints, the photo library, the historical archive and the historical library.