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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
+39 390 280 6921
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The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in April 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings and statues to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which he had founded in 1607. Inside the Pinacoteca's expositive path, articulated in 24 rooms, we can admire some of the greatest masterpieces of all times, like The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael , the Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the Madonna del Padiglione by Sandro Botticelli and the magnificent Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel. In addition to Renaissance artworks, the museum's collections include paintings by important 17th century Lombard artists (like Morazzone, Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Daniele Crespi and Carlo Francesco Nuvolone) as well as 18th century artists like Giandomenico Tiepolo, Fra' Galgario, Francesco Londonio, and also a notable cluster of 19th and early 20th centuries authors like Andrea Appiani, Francesco Hayez and Emilio Longoni. Walking from a room to another you can also discover a series of genuine curiosities, like the gloves that Napoleon wore at Waterloo, the armillary spheres from the Settala Collection, or the case that keeps a lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair, in front of which many famous poets like Gabriele D'Annunzio and Lord Byron came to take inspiration. The ideal end of the visit is the Biblioteca Ambrosiana's old 17th century reading room, the Federiciana Room, which is the frame for the Codex Atlanticus exhibition.
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Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
+39 390 280 6921
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a very busy museum. Recommend cutting to the chase and just go to the lower floor to see the da Vinci painting and codex. Rapheals' cartoon of the school of athens is being restored currently.

Thank seattlepat2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Building which was beautifully decorated in 1930ties contains mainly Italian art. Not such impressive collection as Brera but still lot of good works (including still life of Caravaggio).

Thank Ezis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most people go to the Pinacoteca for Leonardi's Codex Atlanticus, and it is indeed well worth the visit. But a simple basket of fruit by Caravaggio is absolutely stunning: do not miss it.

1  Thank dven8
Reviewed 13 December 2017

We entered the building to be greeted by staff ebhind a desk and a sign stating 15 euro in per person. We were there only to see the 'Pretty love letters' , so we didnt even bother. Overpriced and the building wasnt overwhelming.

Thank okim
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Absolutely stunning museum. Established in 1618. Think about that for a moment. It houses one of a kind, amazing artwork by some of the most famous masters of all time; Titian, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, etc. There's also a beautiful library housing books hundreds of years...More

Thank Vickie W
Reviewed 10 November 2017

If you are ana art lover tahn it is a must to visit in Milan. A lot of wonderful paintings, works of Leonardo da Vinci, also the Leaonardo kodex is here.

1  Thank 545medva
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

The best gallery in Milan, imo. In contrast to more famous Brera, this pinacoteca has much more structured art, and more organization of it. Also, famous works from opus of Leonardo da Vinci can be found, which makes this place a must when in Milan....More

2  Thank Aleksandar S
Reviewed 21 October 2017

This art gallery and library is only a 5 minute walk from the Piazza Duomo with the entrance being in the Piazza Pio XI. The Pinacoteca dates back to the 17th century and is home to over 1,500 paintings including such masterpieces as Leonardo Da...More

2  Thank westy54
Reviewed 21 October 2017

The Ambrosiana was the perfect starting point for our Zanni Viaggi tour of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex. We were able to see Carravagio's extraordinary basket of fruit in the same room as the Codex Atlantus, but realized we needed more time to appreciate the museum's...More

1  Thank Wendell D
Reviewed 7 October 2017

What a fantastic museum Had works of Leonardo daVinci. If you like art this is a place to see. Not far, walking distance, from Piazza del Duomo.

Thank Boggio
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Tom M
7 September 2017|
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Response from sfcAberdeen | Reviewed this property |
Hi - not that I'm aware of.
1 January 2017|
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Response from Smokiedog | Reviewed this property |
National Gallery.....I think......check their website. Smokiedog
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Response from FAK_NYC | Reviewed this property |
I used an audio guide on one visit. I have moderate art background but found it useful. I also like exploring slowly, since the guide doesn't cover everything. I would definitely recommend one, depending on your own... More