The Academy of Painters (Academia d'Pitori)
20 3/4 in. x 16 1/8 in. (52.7 cm x 41 cm)
Pier Francesco Alberti
Committee for Art Acquisitions Fund
Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, Ph.D., Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator and Director of the Curatorial Fellowship Program, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University:
By the sixteenth century, Padua was Europe’s center for anatomical study. Additionally, Italian artists were known for dissecting bodies on their own in order to study them even more closely and better depict bodies in history paintings. In Pietro Francesco Alberti’s imagining of an art academy, students draw from a skeleton and, in the background at right, men gather around a body being opened at the chest. A painting of the Crucifixion hangs above the anatomization table. The arms of the corpse extend in a pose similar to that of Christ, and the men in the painting seem to react to both.
Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
Use specifically for people who produce work in the visual arts. For those in the performing arts, use "performing artists." [May 1995 related term added. February 1993 descriptor moved. November 1992 alternate term added.]
studios (work spaces)
Use for spaces set aside for an artist to work, whether a painter, photographer, or other artist. [March 1993 descriptor moved.]
Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:
Your current search criteria is: Keyword is "studios (work spaces)".
View current selection of records as:
Last updated: 04/18/2021
This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced.
The Cantor Arts Center encourages the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. Some images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights.
To purchase a high-resolution digital image for publication, request a high-resolution digital image for study, or request permission to use an image from our website of works in the Cantor Arts Center’s collection, please contact email@example.com