Accademia delle Arti del Disegno

The World Oldest Drawing Academia

with Cristina Acidini, AADFI President

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Florence’s historic Drawing Academy, AADFI – which has been open continuously since 1563 – was conceived by Giorgio Vasari and founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici, as an association for artists at a time when painters still belonged to the Guild of Physicians and Spice Makers, because their craft involved the grinding of colours. Accademia delle Arti del Disegno President Dr. Cristina Acidini reveals the secrets of this intriguing venue at the very heart of Florence's art history, whose ranks include Michelangelo, Bronzino and Artemisia Gentileschi, the first-ever woman granted membership, in 1615.

The AADFI's historic female members include Irene Duclos, Violante Siries Cerroti, Violante Ferroni and even contemporary sculptor Amalia Ciardi Dupre. In Artemisia’s time it also had a judicial function. Twice, Artemisias suppliers (whom she did not pay) went to the Accademia to complain… they found her ‘guilty’ and she sought the intervention of Grand Duke Cosimo II, who had the conviction quashed. When she was accused a second time by another of her clients, she was found guilty and the decision was left standing.

This event was sponsored by AWA and organised in conjunction with The Florentine.

500 years of history
500 years of history

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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Where Accademia meets Allegory
Where Accademia meets Allegory

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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Main Hall, Florence Accademia delle Arti del Disegno
Main Hall, Florence Accademia delle Arti del Disegno

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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Inside Palazzo dell'Arte dei Beccai
Inside Palazzo dell'Arte dei Beccai

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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AADFI's symbol, the Three Arts of Drawing
AADFI's symbol, the Three Arts of Drawing

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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Inside the AADFI in Orsanmichele
Inside the AADFI in Orsanmichele

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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The sign that says it
The sign that says it

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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Detached fresco by Pontormo
Detached fresco by Pontormo

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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The Main Hall's Lieutenants
The Main Hall's Lieutenants

Florence's Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, AADFI photo: Valeria Raniolo, 2021

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