Definition of the Royal Academy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Royal Academy

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(also the Royal Academy of Arts) [singular]
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a British organization whose members are famous artists. Its building in London contains an art school and space for exhibitions. Culture The Royal Academy was formed in 1768 to encourage the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture in Britain. Its first president was Joshua Reynolds. The Academy's buildings at Burlington House, London, contain an art school and a number of galleries, where a popular exhibition is held every summer showing work sent in by the public. Members of the Academy, who are important artists, can put the letters RA after their names. see also Royal College of Art, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Society of Arts