Achille Bertarelli Prints Collection
The Achille Bertarelli Prints Collection was established in 1927 to enhance the exceptional collection of 300,000 prints that its founder Achille Bertarelli (1863-1938) had donated to the Municipality of Milan in 1925.
The Achille Bertarelli Prints Collection contains more than a million works, including about 15,000 artistic prints, from the first xylographic tests from the fifteenth century to contemporary graphics, organized according to iconographic criteria. The rich material is divided into thematic sections: plants and views, historical, artistic, popular prints, advertising graphics, editorial graphics, design graphics, ex-libris, fashion sketches, fans, games and playing cards, business cards and greetings. , colored papers, postcards, almanacs and calendars, etc.
There are about 80,000 works by great artists active from the 15th to the 20th century. Mantegna, Dürer, Piranesi, Rembrandt, the Tiepolos, Munch, Morandi are just some of the great masters who also expressed themselves through engraving techniques, creating real masterpieces. Worthy of note is the engraving by Bernardo Prevedari based on a design by Bramante, made in 1481 and of which there are only two examples in the world, the second of which is in the British Museum in London.
One of the richest sectors of the collection holds printed advertising material. The section of the posters in particular, consisting of about 7,000 copies in relation to industrial products, magazines, cinema, theater, tourist resorts, exhibitions, political propaganda, is known nationally and internationally. Important authors are well represented such as Marcello Dudovich, Leonetto Cappiello, Bruno Munari, Leopoldo Metlicovitz, Alphonse Mucha.