Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) has provided a practice-oriented complement to the scholarly investigation of the arts carried out at Danish universities for more than 250 years, playing a crucial part in the development of the distinctive tradition of the art of Denmark.



The Royal Danish Academy of Portraiture, Sculpture, and Architecture in Copenhagen was inaugurated on 31 March 1754, and given as a gift to the King Frederik V on his 31st birthday.

Its name was changed to the Royal Danish Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in 1771. A the same event, Johann Friedrich Struensee introduced a new scheme in the Academy to encourage artisan apprentices to take supplementary classes in drawing so as to develop the notion of "good taste". The building boom resulting from the Great Fire of 1795 greatly profited from this initiative.[1]

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

The Academy is the oldest and most renowned place of higher learning in Denmark where art and research within the theoretical and technological areas are bound together. It is significantly larger and better funded than the Jutland Art Academy and Funen Art Academy, which offer similar programs.

The main objective is to teach and conduct research within the creative arts (painting, sculpting, architecture, graphics, photography, video, etc.) and in the theoretical and cultural historical disciplines.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is under the administration of the Danish Ministry of Culture.


  • Kunstakademis Billedkunstskoler, The School of Visual Arts
  • Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, The School of Architecture
  • Kunstakademiets Konservatorskole, The School of Conservation
  • Det Kongelige Akademi for de Skønne Kunster


  • C. F. Hansen Medal
  • Thorvaldsen Medal
  • Eckersberg Medal
  • Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal
  • N. L. Høyen Medal

Notable alumni and faculty

The School of Visual Arts

The School of Architecture

List of directors of the Royal Academy Schools

From To Director
1751 1754 Nicolai Eigtved
1754 1771 Jacques-François-Joseph Saly
1771 1772 Carl Gustaf Pilo
1772 1777 Johannes Wiedewelt
1777 1779 Caspar Frederik Harsdorff
1780 1789 Johannes Wiedewelt
1789 1791 Nicolai Abildgaard
1791 1792 Andreas Weidenhaupt
1793 1795 Johannes Wiedewelt
1796 1797 Jens Juel
1797 1799 Peter Meyn
1799 1801 Jens Juel
1801 1809 Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard
1809 1810 Christian August Lorentzen
1811 1818 Christian Frederik Hansen
1818 1821 Nicolai Dajon
1821 1827 Christian Frederik Hansen
1827 1829 Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
1830 1833 Christian Frederik Hansen
1833 1844 Bertel Thorvaldsen
1844 1849 Jørgen Hansen Koch
1850 1853 Herman Wilhelm Bissen
1854 1857 Wilhelm Marstrand
1857 1863 Jens Adolf Jerichau
1863 1873 Wilhelm Marstrand
1873 1890 Ferdinand Meldahl
1890 1892 Otto Bache
1893 1896 Theobald Stein
1896 1899 Otto Bache
1899 1902 Ferdinand Meldahl
1902 1905 Vilhelm Bissen
1905 1806 Otto Bache
1906 1908 Vilhelm Bissen
1908 1911 Martin Nyrop
1911 1914 Viggo Johansen
1914 1917 Carl Aarsleff
1917 1920 Hermann Baagøe Storck
1920 1825 Joakim Skovgaard
1925 1925 Anton Rosen
1925 1928 Einar Utzon-Frank
1828 1831 Poul Holsøe
1931 1934 Aksel Jørgensen
1934 1937 Einar Utzon-Frank
1937 1940 Poul Holsøe
1940 1943 Sigurd Wandel
1843 1846 Johannes Bjerg
1946 1949 Edvard Thomsen
1949 1952 Kræsten Iversen
1952 1965  ?
1965 1974 Tobias Faber
1974 Individual directors for the schools


See also


  1. ^ "Højbro Plads". Golden Days. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 

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