About the Museum
The Museum of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando) currently has more than 1,400 paintings, 600 sculptures and 15,000 drawings, as well as an excellent collection of decorative arts made up of tapestries, silverware, ceramics, porcelain, watches, furniture and medals. Each of the sections has its own inventory, as well as studies and publications related to each of the works.
The artistic collections of the Museum of the Academy, one of the best art galleries in Spain, span five centuries and different schools, offering a complete journey through the history of art from the Renaissance to the most current trends of the 21st century. Its fifty-nine rooms, distributed over three floors, exhibit masterpieces of Spanish, Italian and flamenco art.
After several years of reforms (1974-1983), the Museum was officially inaugurated in 1986 with the installation of the collections in thirty-five rooms distributed over two floors. Years later, in 2002, the exhibition space was expanded in the twenty-four rooms of the third floor, in addition to an auditorium with capacity for one hundred people and a warehouse of works visible to the spectator.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons: Carlos Delgado)