Accademia Ercolanese  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Accademia Ercolanese was a learned society to study the results of the first finds of the Herculaneum, which they published in the Le Antichità di Ercolano Esposte.

A series of older villas and noble residences were discovered in preparing the foundations of the Palace of Portici, and number of tunnels under the area revealed numerous works of art, among which was a temple with 24 marble columns. This discovery was put in a museum prepared for the occasion, the Museum of Portici, annexed to the Accademia Ercolanese, which Charles founded in 1755 for the results of the excavations of Herculaneum.

It was founded on the thirteenth of December 1755 on the orders of king Charles III of Spain.

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