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Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

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13 Calle de Alcalá, Madrid, 28014 | +34 91 524 0864, Spain
Real Academia de San Fernando in Madrid
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In what was essentially the official academy for Spanish painters and sculptors, these galleries provide a rapid run-through of the history of Spanish art, with just one or two works by most of the major players. There are a few exceptions, most notably Goya, as the Academy is home to some of his quirkiest and most beloved works, including the self-portrait in which he wears a crown of candles to aid his nocturnal painting. The building's muscular Neoclassical architecture itself is worth seeing, and visitors can be in and out in less than an hour.

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