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Johann Zoffany RA, The Antique School of the Royal Academy at New Somerset House

The Antique School of the Royal Academy at New Somerset House, 1780-1783

Attributed to Johann Zoffany RA (1733 - 1810)

RA Collection: Art

This painting, attributed to Johan Zoffany, shows students sketching from casts in the Royal Academy's Antique School at New Somerset House. The Keeper, George Moser R.A., supervises from a desk at the right. Oil lamps with reflectors illuminate the casts, which include the Dancing Faun, Belvedere Torso, Cincinnatus, Apollo Belvedere and Borghese Gladiator. During this period it was obligatory for R.A. students to spend several years making studies from classical sculptures before progressing to the life model.

Object details

Title
The Antique School of the Royal Academy at New Somerset House
Artist/designer
Attributed to Johann Zoffany RA (1733 - 1810)
Date
1780-1783
Object type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions

1108 mm x 1641 mm x 30 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/846
Acquisition
Purchased from James Stewart in 1878

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