The Ambrosiana Picture Gallery
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan was the first art museum in the world open to the public in 1618. The original core of the collection was the donation of Cardinal Federico Borromeo of his collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures to the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Institution he founded in 1609. In the following four centuries, the Ambrosiana Art Gallery 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 of the Pavilion by Botticelli and the splendid flower vases by Jan Brueghel.
Walking from one room to another you can also discover real curiosities, such as the gloves worn by Napoleon in Waterloo or the case containing a lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair, concluding the visit in the grand seventeenth-century reading room of the Library. today the permanent seat for the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus.