FeNIL, EDA and ASSIFONTE invite you to attend the welcome reception at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, hoping to be together and enjoy a gala dinner that will be held in this magnificent space by the next 24th of November.
The San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts is one of Spain’s leading cultural institutions. Inaugurated in 1752, during the reign of Fernando VI, it has stood in the emblematic Goyeneche Palace since 1773.
It is currently comprised of fifty-six prestigious scholars from various fields of the Fine Arts and is organised into four departments with specialist staff: the Museum, National Chalcography, the Library-Archive and the Art Reproduction and Casting Workshop. Its extraordinary collections and the authority of its expert opinion make the Academy a unique institution.
The Academy Museum is the second-largest art gallery in Spain, after the Prado Museum, and contains more than 1,400 paintings, 1,300 sculptures and 15,000 drawings, as well as prints, furniture and decorative arts of various kinds, offering a comprehensive overview of the history of art from the Renaissance to the most recent trends of the 21st century. Its fifty-nine rooms feature masterpieces of Spanish, Italian and Flemish art. Highlights include the Goya rooms, the only painting by Arcimboldo conserved in Spain and works by great masters such as Tintoretto, El Greco, Rubens, Ribera, Zurbarán, Van Loo, Sorolla, Zuloaga, Solana, Rusiñol, Juan Gris, Picasso and Tàpies, among others.
The Academy building was constructed in 1724 and 1725 by the architect José Benito Churriguera as a residential palace for the Navarrese dignitary Juan de Goyeneche. In 1775 Diego de Villanueva renovated the building to adapt it for its new function as home to the Academy, and since then it has undergone successive refurbishments, including the one carried out between 1974 and 1985 by the architect and academician Fernando Chueca Goitia. In 1971 it was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument.
The Goyeneche Palace is located centrally, very near to Puerta del Sol, and can host a considerable variety of events, from intimate dinner parties to grand receptions where the Academy’s clients have the opportunity to pamper their guests in a setting surrounded by valuable works of art. In addition, the Academy of Fine Arts boasts both modern spaces, such as the elegant and spacious Patio del Lucernario, recently glazed and ideal for receptions and dinners, and, in contrast, the classical and stately Salón de Actos, which is used for hosting corporate and institutional activities.