Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

The Ambrosiana Art Gallery

In 1618, Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures to the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the Institution he founded few years before: it is the original nucleus of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the first art museum in the world open to the public, which it would be enriched in the following four centuries with numerous masterpieces of Italian and European art. Within the exhibition itinerary of the Pinacoteca, 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, permanent venue for the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus.


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Piazza Pio XI, 2
20123 Milano


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