6-31 August: closed
Over the years, the papal authorities exerted large degree of control over the leadership of the institution. The prìncipi (directors) of the institution have included some of the pre-eminent painters of the the following centuries, including Domenichino, and Bernini. However, many prominent artists never joined or were admitted to the academy.
The Academy is still active. From the very beginning the statutes of the Academy directed that each candidate-academician was to donate a work of his art in perpetual memory and, later, a portrait. Thus the Academy, in its modern premises in the sixteenth-century Palazzo Carpegna in Piazza dell'Accademia di San Luca, has accumulated a unique collection of paintings and sculptures, including about 500 portraits, as well as an outstanding collection of drawings.