The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is one of the most important and best preserved museum houses in Europe and the result of the collecting passion of two brothers: the barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi. In fact, they were responsible for the late nineteenth-century renovation of the family home, located in the Milanese district of Montenapoleone, between via Gesù and via Santo Spirito, inspired by sixteenth-century Lombard homes. The collection they compose is very varied and rich in paintings, furnishings, weapons and scientific instruments to which are added some pictorial masterpieces by Renaissance artists, such as Giovanni Bellini, Bernardo Zenale and Giampietrino.
Theirs was a project that looked to the past, but at the same time incredibly current, for the desire to concentrate in their home everything that could be futuristic in the world of the time - heating, running water and electric light - and make it communicate with the ultimate in elegance.
After the death of the two brothers, the house continued to be inhabited by their descendants until 1974, when the Bagatti Valsecchi Foundation was established and to which the collections were donated. It will then be in 1994 that the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum will open to the public, thus offering everyone the opportunity to visit the rooms of the newly created museum house.
To date, the Museum, in addition to the permanent collection, organizes temporary exhibitions, presentations, educational activities and performance events suitable for all types of public.