École des Beaux-Arts, a school of fine arts in Paris, France. It is maintained by the French government. The school has had a great influence on art throughout the world. There are many students from the United States and other countries. Instruction is free for all students between the ages of 15 and 30, but they must pass severe entrance examinations. Classes are offered in esthetics, architecture, design, drawing, engraving, gem cutting, modeling, painting, and sculpture. The school was founded in 1648 by Cardinal Mazarin. Its official name is cole Nationale Suprieure des Beaux-Arts.