by wanderer 2005
August 17, 2005
The Ecole des beaux-arts is made up of a vast complex of buildings located between the quai Malaquais and the rue Bonaparte, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près, just across from the Louvre museum. Long supervised by the Ministry of Public Instruction, the Ecole des beaux-arts is now a public institution.
The School houses prestigious historical collections, publishes a dozen texts per year on different collections, and holds exhibitions in the Quai Malaquais space and the Chapel throughout the year.
Today, the thriving school continues its 350-year-old tradition of fine-art instruction in a wide range of artistic disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking, as well as related techniques: tapestry, stained-glass windows, mosaïc, engraving on medallions and precious stones, lithography and finally, photography and hypermedia, which were added to the curriculum during the last decade. The artistic spirit is carried on as young artists today follow in the footsteps of their 17th century counterparts.
Access to the Ensba is reserved for students, professors, staff, and visitors. Studios are strictly closed to the public, except during the annual open house in June. Tourist visits are forbidden, however, the Ensba can be visited with an Ensba tour-guide on Monday afternoons, except during school holidays.
This place didn't even look like a school--it was really beautiful. I wish we had time for a tour, but our day was already full.
From journal Right or Left Bank?