Villa Medici – Académie de France à Rome

The establishment of the French Academy was commissioned by Louis XIV in 1666 as part of a programme of works that also transformed the Louvre, the Tuileries and Versailles. The original project was led by Colbert, Le Brun and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Young French artists were invited to sojourn in Rome, where they took part in a strict training based on the production of copies of Antique and Renaissance Italian art. In 1720 architects were also invited to join painters and sculptors in the Academy. Today, the Academy is housed in what is arguably one of the most beautiful spots in the city, Villa Medici. Visiting artists and scholars continue to come each year to further their research and work. These residencies are complemented by a dynamic programme of events, symposia and temporary exhibitions.


Viale Trinità dei Monti 1, Roma

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday 10am–7pm


L ORO Swimming is saving14 July–17 September 2017
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