The Ambrosian Art Gallery
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan was the first art museum in the world open to the public, in 1618. The original nucleus of the collection was the donation by Cardinal Federico Borromeo of his own collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures to the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Institution he founded in 1609. Over the next four centuries, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana would be enriched with numerous masterpieces of Italian and European art.
Within the exhibition itinerary, divided into 26 rooms, you can admire some of the most extraordinary masterpieces of all time, such as Leonardo's Musician, Caravaggio's Basket of Fruit, the preparatory Cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael, the 'Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the Madonna del Padiglione by Botticelli and the splendid vases of flowers by Jan Brueghel.
Walking between one room and another, you can also discover real curiosities, such as the gloves worn by Napoleon at Waterloo or the case containing a lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair, concluding the visit in the grandiose seventeenth-century reading room of the Library, today the permanent site for the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus.