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Academy of fine arts

Academy of fine arts Vienna was founded in 1692 as a private Academy of the painter of Emperor Leopold I by Peter Strudel, thus, it is the oldest art Academy in Central Europe. After the death of the court painter Peter Strudel in 1714, the Academy was temporarily closed. But in 1726 Emperor Charles VI once again opened it.

In 1872 the Academy was granted the status of a higher educational institution. Since 1876, the Academy occupied the building, designed by architect Theophil Hansen in the style of the Italian Renaissance.

In 1907 and 1908, young Adolf Hitler, who came from Linz, tried to do in drawing classes. He remained in Vienna and tried to continue his profession of the artist. Soon he was left without a livelihood and started selling Amateur paintings, mostly watercolours, until he left Vienna for Munich in may 1913.

Currently, the Academy is one of the leading centres for the training of artists. The Academy is divided into the following institutes: Institute of fine arts, which houses three departments for painting, drawing, fine art, media, sculpture; Institute for art theory and cultural studies (art theory, philosophy, history); Institute of protection and restoration;
Institute of natural Sciences and technology in art, School crafts, design, textile arts); Institute of art and architecture. The Academy currently has about 900 students, almost a quarter of which are foreign students.

In the art gallery, located on the second floor of the West wing houses an impressive collection of paintings from the XIV century particularly noteworthy are the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, the last judgement, as well as works by Rubens, Titian and Rembrandt.