collections of prints, tables, charts, etc. The whole projecting wing, divided
into administration offices and school annexes, ends with a curving colonnade
facing the Fine Arts Square.
THE SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
Resembling the Conservatorium of Music in form and in plan, the
School of Fine Arts differs from the former, in that the centre of the building
is occupied by a large Exhibition Hall instead of a theatre. A broad gallery,
which will be richly decorated with bronze and marble copies from antique
and modern works, leads directly to the Exhibition Hall, which is intended
for competitions and other contests ; to this the public will have free access.
Class-rooms, ample lecture-rooms, professors' rooms and a thoroughly modern
amphitheatre for the scientific study of anatomy, — all well lighted — are
provided in the buildings surrounding the large square court at the back, and
are reached by a wide corridor.
To secure the same tranquillity and privacy for the students of art as
for those of music, the work-rooms are set apart in the gardens. To the
left are those of the architects and decorative artists, to the right those of the
painters, sculptors and engravers. A third group of work-rooms occupies
a long building to the right of the School; these are the logcs where artists
may be isolated during important competitions. Corresponding to the Open-
air Theatre, a School of Painting offers students the advantage, when the
weather permits, of working directly from life in the open air. Two small
buildings on either side of the Temple of Art, forming as it were the
attachment to the great wings of learning, are designed for students' meetings,
receptions, etc., so that the centres of study need not be invaded nor the
students deprived of a place of assembly.
MUSEUM OF CASTS
Corresponding to the Library which it faces, the Museum of Casts, an
indispensable adjunct to a School of Fine-Arts, has a similar projecting wing.
The interior of this wing, like that of the Library is divided into administra-
tive offices and annexes. The body of the building is constructed in the
stvle usual to Museums. It consists of a large central hall for sculpture,
and of narrower galleries surrounding it for exhibitions of drawings, engra-
vings, etc. The large vestibule and main hall, well lighted and easy of
access, are intended to house the best casts of the most important sculptures,
which, illustrating the progress made in this form of art in Assyria, Egypt,
Greece, Rome, the Renaissance, etc., will offer to the student every oppor-
tunity for studying and copying ancient works.