Painting

Curator in charge: Emmanuel Schwartz

Among the 2,000 paintings belonging to the Ecole before the Revolution, a hundred adorned the walls of the Royal Academy in the Louvre: pieces for the Grand Prix, reception works that new members gave to the company, portraits by Hyacinthe Rigaud, Fragonard, David, Hubert Robert... In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Ecole regularly kept the Grand Prix pieces in history painting and historic landscapes, for the torso competition and prizes for painted sketches and, after 1968, the annual foundation prizes. Youthful works by Ingres, Bouguereau and Rouault illustrate the history of the teaching of academic painting in France. The Ecole also has a collection of painted copies; many of them are displayed above the mouldings of the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins. The most spectacular is The Last Judgement, after Michelangelo, no doubt the largest painting on canvas exhibited in France.