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Villa Medici
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Villa Medici

Roma, Italy

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Villa Medici

Roma, Italy

Villa Medici

The Academy was created in 1666 under the leadership of ColbertLe Brun and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It welcomed artists who won the First Prize of Rome and several protégés of powerful lords. Young artists pensioned by the king got broadened training, being in touch with Rome and Italy. At the time pensioners followed a regime of strict discipline and devoted their stay to the realisation of copies of Antique or Renaissance art. In 1720 architects joined the sculptors and painters as pensioners. Before being transferred to the Villa Medici in 1803, the Academy headed in different buildings. In 1961 André Malraux appointed the painter Balthus to the direction of the Villa. Both wanted to deeply reform it. Balthus started a great renovation of the building and organised manifestations to open the Villa to the Romans. He also created new exhibition rooms. This new approach was enacted by a decree in 1971. The Academy was then separated from the Fine Arts Academy’s tutorship and the principles of the examination were deeply modified. The duration of the scholarship was reduced from four to two years maximum, while writers, moviemakers, photographers, set designers as well as art restorers and art historians broadened the circle of pensioners. The Villa Medici takes parts in cultural and artist exchanges. The Villa offers exhibitions, concerts, symposia and seminars on relevant topics on arts, letters and their history. It was framed by the 1971 decree to be a perfect place for Franco Italian meetings. The Villa plays a decisive role in Roman and European culture. 

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Contact

Villa Medici

Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1
00187, Roma

Opening hours

    MON closed

    TUE 9:30 - 19:00

    WED 9:30 - 19:00

    THU 9:30 - 19:00

    FRI 9:30 - 19:00

    SAT 9:30 - 19:00

    SUN 9:30 - 19:00

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