The Reale Accademia di Spagna is a cultural institution run by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their headquarters and exhibition space is in the cloister of the former monastery of San Pietro in Montoro, on the Janiculum Hill, and has been since 1881. Visitors to the Accademia also have access to the Tempietto del Bramante, which was what we wanted to see. At the time of our visit, the Accademia was hosting an exhibition of photographs taken in 1968, by the Argentinian photographer Marcelo Brodsky, all focusing on social change and injustices, around the world. It was an unexpectedly powerful and moving exhibit, and I am thankful and grateful for being able to see it for ourselves.
In the cloister itself, near the entrance to the exhibition space, there is a monument to Don Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, the Spanish dramatist, novelist, and revolutionary, who was appointed director of the Accademia in 1933.
After spending some time taking in the photographs, we went back out into the cloister, and headed for the Tempietto del Bramante.
Next up: We visit Bramante’s masterpiece, the Tempietto!
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