A new location for the school

After 168 years of instruction, the school was moved in 1816 to where it still stands today, in a group of historic buildings which occupies two hectares of land in the heart of Paris' university district. Since then the school has represented, both geographically and socially, the very centre of artistic life in Paris. In 1863, as directed by Napoléon III, the school became independant of the administration of the Académie and was renamed L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts.