The Academy Room

The Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, the first institution ever devoted to the study of the arts, was founded in Florence by Giorgio Vasari with the encouragement and support of Cosimo 1 de’ Medici in 1563. Many of the artists whose work is on display in the exhibition were members of the Academy and Michelangelo was elected its “first father and master of the arts”.

This room celebrates the importance of draughtsmanship in Florentine art of the 16th century and offers visitors to the exhibition a chance to try their hand at drawing from life. The plaster casts in the room are reproductions of some of the major works of art that continue to serve today as models for generations of artists.

While visiting the exhibition take your own time to draw.
Drawing will help you discover a new way of looking at art.


This room was designed and produced in conjunction with the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and with the Liceo Artistico di Porta Romana di Firenze.


Image: Enea Vico, The Academy of Baccio Bandinelli, c. 1561–62, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts. Photograph © 2017 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston