Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts

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Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1935 (photo Léon van Dievoet)

The Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (ARBA) is an art school in Brussels, Belgium, founded in 1711.

Originally housed in a single room in the city hall, in 1876 the school moved to a former convent and orphanage in the Rue du Midi, rehabilitated by the city architect Pierre-Victor Jamaer and where the school still operates.[1]

The faculty and alumni of ARBA include some of the most famous names in Belgian painting, sculpture, and architecture:

Painter Vincent van Gogh studied here, briefly, beginning in late 1880, to improve his grasp of anatomy, composition, and perspective.

The most notable directors of the school have included:

The school is sometimes confused with The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, a separate institution, and the French Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, part of the Institut de France.


  1. ^ "300 years of history of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts". City of Brussels. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 


Coordinates: 50°50′38″N 4°20′52″E / 50.8440°N 4.3477°E / 50.8440; 4.3477