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From its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has provided a voice for art and artists. We are an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians—and we pursue our mission through exhibitions, education and debate.
Learn more about some of the highlights of our Collection that have recently gone on show in the John Madejski Fine Rooms.
Originally cast in 1776 from the corpse of a smuggler fresh from execution, 'Smugglerius' was commissioned to improve the teaching of anatomy in the RA Schools.
Inspired by nature, John Constable RA brought landscape art into the public eye at a time when portraiture and historical subjects were much more widely esteemed.
Combining several elements of his work, this piece features the crowds common to works by Lowry, who often painted from memory or imagination.
A student at the RA schools, John Phillip RA's association with the Royal Academy began at a young age, stowing away on a ship from Aberdeen to London to visit the Royal Academy Exhibition.
Behind the scenes with the conservators working on our Maclise cartoon.
Taken from one of the artist's sketchbooks, this captures the Italian town of Nonantola just prior to the beginnings of the First World War.
George Clausen is remembered for the range of his remarkable accomplishments, both as an artist and as a dedicated Member of the RA.
A small pamphlet, discovered deep within our archives, shows that the beard as the defining feature of hipster facial fashion has been around longer than you might think.
The film 'Love has no reason' by RA Schools graduate Julie Born Schwartz has been added to the Royal Academy's historic Collection.
As a flamboyantly self-styled "working-class cockney", Ruskin Spear RA found subjects for painting in the pubs, snooker halls and streets of Hammersmith, Fulham, Shepherd's Bush and Chiswick.
These two canvases are a study for a panoramic work, 'A Closer Grand Canyon', which was made up of 96 individual canvases and painted in 1998.
The works of the architect, and subject of our 'Dream, Draw, Work' exhibition, recall the now rare traditional skills and techniques of architectural design, from working drawings to beautiful ink drawings.
One of the treasures of the Royal Academy Collection is now on display in a new exhibition about Michelangelo at the Capitoline Museum in Rome.
One of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British art, Sickert's Diploma work uses an impasto style to depict the ornate Baroque decorations of the Santa Maria della Salute in Venice.
Child prodigy Angelica Kauffman went on to be a founder-member of the Royal Academy. Her paintings and drawings were widely reproduced and were particularly popular in England, often being used in interior dec...
On the 100 year anniversary of Mary Wood's attack on Sargent's portrait of Henry James, we delve into the Royal Academy’s archive to find out how the Academy, and the public, reacted.
We take a look at the main printmaking techniques and some of the terminology you'll encounter when looking at original prints.
The influence of Aitchison’s travels to Italy is evident in this representation of the Crucifixion, presented to the Academy on his election.
Born in Florence, Italy, the son of a goldsmith, Bartolozzi trained with his father before enrolling at the Florentine academy in 1742.
Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, Daniel Maclise’s monumental 'Waterloo' cartoon is to undergo conservation treatment in time for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015.
Helen Valentine, our Senior Curator, and Edwina Mulvany, our Registrar, have just returned from Australia where they were installing the exhibition 'Genius and Ambition'.
In 1910, C. Lewis Hind in the Art Journal, summarised Mark Fisher's working practice thus: 'He just walks out, sees something, feels an irresistible desire to paint it, and proceeds to paint it in the open air...
A recently discovered drawing turns out to be a design by Richard Norman Shaw RA for the biscuit barrel that he presented to the Academy in 1883.
Born in Bradford in 1937, Norman Stevens enrolled at the city's art school to study painting aged only 15.
A slice of history has recently returned to the Royal Academy after over 200 years, in the form of an intriguing drawing by John Flaxman RA.
Terry Setch painted 'Smoked Out' for the exhibition Images of Paradise held at Harewood House, Yorkshire, in 1989. The exhibition was organised by Survival International, a group dedicated to protecting the li...
George Frederic Watts RA was an influential and pre-eminent painter during his own lifetime. He became known for his portraiture and his Symbolist allegorical paintings, frequently depicting scenes from mythol...
Joseph Farquharson RA was a landscape painter who was celebrated for his winter scenes, which he infused with a strong sense of atmosphere and mood.
Robert Anning Bell presented 'The Women Going to the Sepulchre' to the Royal Academy as his diploma work on his election as a Royal Academician in 1922.