The Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera is the only public academy in Lombardy, and it is controlled by the department for higher education for the fine arts, music and dance (Alta Formazione Artistica Musicale e Coreutica - AFAM) of the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research (MUR). It awards first and second level diplomas that are equivalent to Laurea Triennale (Bachelor of Arts) and Laurea Magistrale (Master of Arts).
20121, Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano "Brera", VIA BRERA 28, MILANO, Italy
The Accademia di Brera was founded in 1776 by the empress Maria Theresa of Austria, during the Age of Enlightenment that saw the interweaving of the sciences, literature and the arts as the foundation for the humanistic culture of the modern age. It stood out right from its very unique conception in Palazzo di Brera sharing the building with the Gymnasium, the Scuole Palatine for law and philosophy, the astronomical observatory, the laboratories of physics and chemistry, the botanical gardens, the Teresiana Library, the Academy of Sciences, and the Picture Gallery that formed the nucleus of what is today the Pinacoteca.