Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 250 years of education in the arts

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

For more than 250 years, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) has provided education in the arts, playing a role in Denmark’s art growth.


On March 31 1754, the Royal Danish Academy of Portraiture, Sculpture, and Architecture in Copenhagen was opened and given to King Frederik V on his 31st birthday.

The Royal Danish Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture changed its name in 1771. Johann Friedrich Struensee launched a new scheme at the Academy at the same event to allow artisan apprentices to take additional drawing lessons to improve the notion of good taste. This initiative profited greatly from the building boom arising from the Great Fire of 1795.

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The name was changed again in 1814, this time to the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. It is still housed in its original building, the Palace of Charlottenborg, located in Copenhagen on the Kongens Nytorv. Since 1996, the School of Architecture has been housed in the former naval buildings at Holmen.

The Academy is bigger and better funded than the Jutland Art Academy and Funen Art Academy-related programmes.

It teaches and researches the subjects and history of painting, sculpture, design, graphics, photography, and film.

The Danish Ministry of Culture runs the Academy.


Wikipedia contributors. (2020, November 27). Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 00:12, February 16, 2021, from

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