An institution for the advancement of art.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, European academies transformed art training from craft apprenticeship into an official, professional-school model. Influential academies include the Accademia di San Luca, Rome (founded in the 1590s), the Académie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture, Paris (founded 1648), and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (founded 1768). See also: Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Royal_academy_buildingRoyal Academy of Arts, London.