The National Academy of San Luca is located in Rome at Palazzo Carpena, near the Trevi Fountain. The Academy has its origins in the second half of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, the ancient University of the Arts of Painting of Rome. "The National Academy of San Luca aims to promote the arts and architecture, to honor the merit of artists and scholars, electing the academic body, to strive for the enhancement and promotion of the arts and architecture Italian. " Following tradition, the Academy of St. Luke promotes various cultural activities seeking to develop the fine arts. In such initiatives they are taken care of the publication of books related to the Academy and to its history and setting up displays in the exhibition. The academic halls are also used for the presentation of books and holding conferences and conventions. Particular attention is given by the Academy to young artists and young scholars by granting awards and scholarships. According to the statute, each member artist is required to donate one of his works to the institution to perpetuate their memory to posterity. The works donated by various members that have occurred over the years, from the foundation, are preserved in the Academy Museum, located in Palazzo Carpegna and form a unique collection of sculptures and paintings.