THE period that opened in 1824--and stretches up to midcentury, when the famed reorganization of the school occurred--constitutes in its history the "dark ages." If scholars mention the Academy at all between 1824 and 1843, it is only to deplore what they term its collapse. It is true that economic rock-bottom was reached: gone were the Crown contributions of Colonial times, and yet to come the copious benefits that the school would derive from the funds of the National Lottery. Nevertheless, this wrongly-despised period is the only one before our time when faculty and students felt free to strive to
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Publication information: Book title: Mexican Art and the Academy of San Carlos, 1785-1915. Contributors: Jean Charlot - Author. Publisher: University of Texas Press. Place of publication: Austin, TX. Publication year: 1962. Page number: 69.