In 2013 the Academy will celebrate its 350th anniversary. On July 6th, 1663 Philip IV granted permission to the Guild of Saint Luke to found a ‘public and free Academy’. The painter, David Teniers the Younger, a scion of a family of Antwerp artists, had taken the initiative hoping to re-establish the city’s reputation on the international art scene. The school opened one year later, making it the fourth oldest art academy worldwide (after Florence, Rome and Paris) and the oldest in the Low Countries.