The Venetian Academy of Painters was an art school founded in Venice in 1756 by the painter Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. It was one of the first institutions of its kind in Italy, and offered an alternative to the more traditional apprenticeship system of learning.
The Academy was open to all artists, regardless of nationality or background, and admitted students on the basis of merit. It offered a rigorous curriculum that included both theoretical and practical instruction in drawing, painting, and sculpture.
The Academy was disbanded in 1779, but its legacy continues to this day.