Accademia di Brera

Brera Academy

The Brera Academy in Milan is an ancient university known throughout the world. In addition to being an important study center and habitat for those who want to do their work in art, the Brera Academy boasts a rich heritage consisting of: photo library, the historical archive and the historical library.

It was founded in 1776 by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, in the climate of the Enlightenment which saw the intertwining of sciences, letters and arts as the foundation of humanistic culture in modernity.

Since its origins Brera Academy has stood out for a unique concept that takes shape in the Brera building in Milan, where the Academy coexists with the Gymnasium, the Palatine Schools for legal and philosophical sciences, the Astronomical Observatory, the Physics Laboratories and of Chemistry, the Botanical Garden, the Teresian Library, the Academy of Sciences and later the Gallery of paintings, the nucleus of the current Pinacoteca.


Brera historical collection

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Via Brera, 28
20121 Milano


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