L'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris

At the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris enjoys a unique location.

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A former private mansion with a singular charm thanks to its period paintings, drawings and engravings, it is quite natural for us at the Hôtel des Saints Pères to invite you to discover the major works of the greatest art school in France


An exceptional location

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts is the greatest art school in France. Its origins date from the royal academies founded by Louis XIV for painting, sculpture, engraving and architecture. These academies were temporarily abolished by the revolutionary Convention in 1793 and were merged into a single institution during the Napoleonic Empire. The Ecole des Beaux-Arts was then founded in 1819. Located first in the Louvre Museum, then in the Institut de France, the institution moved to its current location in 1829, in Rue Bonaparte, at the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. The school enjoys a remarkable location with:

  • Art galleries
  • Proximity to the Institut de France
  • An ideal location near a large number of museums
  • Artists/teachers of a high quality
  • A location in a dynamic district, favourable to encounters and exchanges between art lovers


The collection - the works 

L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, situated close to the Hôtel des Saints Pères, is the last institution still to give art courses and to house works collected over the last few centuries. Its rich heritage comes from the royal Academies, the work of its pupils and from private donations. The school’s 450 000 works offer a wide panorama of the history of France and the Beaux-Arts style. The schools is the home of paintings, with works by Poussin, Van Dyck and Fragonard, drawings by Dürer or Veronese, architectural designs, engravings and photographs, to cite only the main works. The school’s permanent collections are regularly enhanced by temporary exhibitions.

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