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Academy of San Carlos


The Academy of San Carlos is located at 22 Academia Street in just northeast of the main plaza of Mexico City. It was the first major art academy and the first art museum in the Americas. It was founded in 1781 as the School of Engraving and moved to the Academia Street location about 10 years later. It emphasized classical European training until the early 20th century, when it shifted to a more modern perspective. At this time, it also integrated with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, eventually becoming the National School of Expressive Arts, which is based in Xochimilco. Currently, only graduate courses of the modern school are given in the original academy building.

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Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Mexico (2015)

by Michael Werner

A useful point of departure for the discussion of nineteenth-century Mexican art is not only the lateeighteenth-century establishment of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (the Academy of San Carlos), but also the tension among competing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography (2013)

by John Hannavy

They both attended the Academy of San Carlos, a prestigious art school in Mexico City and may have received some professional support from photographer José Maria de la Torre who worked with them between 1863 and 1866, but like ...

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