«Felipe V a caballo». Museum of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura
Façade of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Madrid © Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
The museum has a collection of paintings from the 16th-19th centuries.
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum boasts some valuable works that include masterpieces of Spanish, Italian and Flemish art. It has paintings by Goya, Zurbarán, Ribera, Leandro Bassano, Rubens, Mengs, Van Loo, Madrazo, Velázquez, Haes, Sorolla, Juan Gris and many more. There is also a fine collection of sculpture, offering visitors a panorama of the evolution of this discipline in Spain from the 17th century to the present day, with works by Manuel Pereira, Pedro de Mena, Mariano Benlliure, Picasso and Pablo Gargallo, to name a few. Also in the collection is a wide variety of drawings of all types, encompassing the 16th-20th centuries.
This highly impressive painting, in which Goya appears around 40 years old, reflects the self-confidence acquired by the painter.More info
Portrait of the celebrated musician linked to the 18th-century Spanish courtMore info
This is a painting by Goya that has become an icon of the Carnival for Spanish people. Its expressionist vigour link it closely to Los Disparates and the “Black Paintings”.More info
This sculpture reflects the major role of the San Fernando Royal Academy in the artistic developments of the 18th century.More info
A fine, highly expressive painting that forms part of the series by Zurbarán depicting theologians and preachers from the Mercedarian Order of Our Lady of Mercy.More info
The only painting by Arcimboldo in Spain. It belongs to the series of Seasons, painted as an allegory of the imperial power of Maximilian II.More info
Early example of the representation of the “Marriage of the Venetian Republic with the Sea” (Lo Sposalizio), which was a common subject of 18th-century artists such as Canaletto.More info
A sculpture of the founder of the order of the Carthusian Monks that was rescued 180 years ago when a historic building was demolished.More info
This painting displays the creative capacity and mastery of Rubens when he was still only 30 years old.More info
A magnificent work of the European Baroque, this is a vanitas (reflecting the transitory nature of life)More info
The influence of El Greco on the art of today is explored through the work of twelve contemporary artists.More info
The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).
Tuesday to Sunday
Does not close at midday
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Closing days: Monday
Closed: Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 1 and 30 May, 24, 25 and 31 December, and one local holiday: 15 May, 8 September or 9 November.
Retired persons: Free admission
Children: Free admission
ICOM members and associations: Free admission