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Casa de Velázquez

Southeast façade of the Casa de Velázquez.

The Casa de Velázquez is a French school in Spain modelled on the Villa Médicis in Rome, and the fr:Villa Abd-el-Tif in Algeria.[1][2] Like the Prix de Rome bursary for residence at the Villa Médicis and the defunct Prix Abd-el-Tif bursary for residence at the Villa Abd-el-Tif, bursaries are awarded.

The idea for a similar villa in Spain was raised in 1916 by the composer Charles-Marie Widor who at the time was secretary of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France. The idea met with support of Alfonso XIII who himself selected a site in Madrid which was ceded to France. The Foundation was legally founded in 1920, adapted by the architect Léon Chifflot, and opened for the first French artists in 1929. The villa was further enlarged by architect Camille Lefèvre (1876-1946) up to 1935.


  1. ^ Jean-Marc Delaunay, Des palais en Espagne. L'École des hautes études hispaniques et la Casa de Velázquez au cœur des relations franco-espagnoles du XXe siècle (1898-1979), Madrid, Casa de Velázquez, 1994.
  2. ^ 75 aniversario de la Casa de Velázquez. Memoria gráfica 1928-2003, Madrid, Casa de Velázquez, 2006, 182 p. - accompanied by a CD of works by composers resident at the Casa de Velázquez: Thierry Machuel, Philippe Hersant, Jean-Philippe Bec, Jean-Louis Florentz, interpreted by the vocal ensemble Soli-Tutti, sous la under the direction of Denis Gautheyrie 8-49555-596-4

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