Accademia di Belle Arti Carrara

The Accademia di Belle Arti resides in the Palazzo Cybo-Malaspina, a historic building in Carrara, which even incorporates part of the city’s ancient castle. It is best known for a relief known as the Fantiscritti Aedicula. Also on display are plaster models by the hand of Canova.

Accademia di Belle Arti Carrara

Useful information

Address: Via Roma, 1 – 54033 Carrara (tel. +39 058571658). It can be visited by request only. (Note that prices and times may be subject to change.)

History and description

Aedicula dei Fantiscritti Carrara
Aedicula dei Fantiscritti

The Accademia di Belle Arti of Carrara was founded in 1769. The building that serves as its seat was a donation from Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi. Previously, it was owned by the Cybo Malaspina family. It was originally built in the 15th century. It was later refurbished and incorporates the large tower of the city’s medieval castle.

In the 15th century courtyard are several statues and Roman border stones taken from the excavations at Luni and at the quarries.

What to see

Fantiscritti Aedicula

The highlight is the so-called Fantiscritti aedicula, a relief from Roman times found at the Cava dei Fantiscritti. It depicts the mythological figures Zeus, Hercules and Bacchus. Several artists, including Giambologna and Antonio Canova, left graffiti on the artwork.


The Gipsoteca also features a number of casts and plaster models made by Canova himself.

Accademis di Belle Arti, Carrara

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