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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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Centro Storico
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Address: Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
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10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in...

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in April 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings and statues to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which he had founded in 1607. Inside the Pinacoteca's expositive path, articulated in 24 rooms, we can admire some of the greatest masterpieces of all times, like The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael , the Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the Madonna del Padiglione by Sandro Botticelli and the magnificent Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel. In addition to Renaissance artworks, the museum's collections include paintings by important 17th century Lombard artists (like Morazzone, Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Daniele Crespi and Carlo Francesco Nuvolone) as well as 18th century artists like Giandomenico Tiepolo, Fra' Galgario, Francesco Londonio, and also a notable cluster of 19th and early 20th centuries authors like Andrea Appiani, Francesco Hayez and Emilio Longoni. Walking from a room to another you can also discover a series of genuine curiosities, like the gloves that Napoleon wore at Waterloo, the armillary spheres from the Settala Collection, or the case that keeps a lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair, in front of which many famous poets like Gabriele D'Annunzio and Lord Byron came to take inspiration. The ideal end of the visit is the Biblioteca Ambrosiana's old 17th century reading room, the Federiciana Room, which is the frame for the Codex Atlanticus exhibition.

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I think this museum is a bit on the pricey side; however, if you show up in the last hour, they knock off 5 euros per person. The brochure they give you has a map and lists... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think this museum is a bit on the pricey side; however, if you show up in the last hour, they knock off 5 euros per person. The brochure they give you has a map and lists around 10 highlights to “don’t miss”, such as paintings by Leonardo, Raphael, Boticelli; we are not big Renaissance Art fans, so we basically... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had been looking forward to seeing the cartoon of The School of Athens (from the Vatican), but discovered it was being restored. An interesting video on continual loop shows how it was removed, and another panel shows the different characters in the picture. Restoration will take a while.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, this place is run by a bunch of snobs. The place was almost empty, and guards watched me like a hawk. I took my shoes off because they were making squeaky noises and the "guards" wouldn't stop staring. At one point I was looking At something I liked and I pulled my phone out of my pocket... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was perhaps my biggest reason to visit Milan, even more so than the grand Duomo, because the collection in here is legendary. Sadly, this museum failed my expectation because of poor curating... As a part of the Ambrosian Library, the Pinacoteca holds a collection of incredible artworks, manuscripts, and memorabilia. In the entrance hall alone, every single artwork... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is only a short walking distance from the Duomo, yet I didn't find it easily. The Milanese are not hot on signs to important places. We pre-booked which wasn't necessary. The collection is arranged in many rooms and culminates in the library which is a magnificent sight They have a Leonardo which is a painting of a musician. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Da Vinci codex was the pull but only half a dozen pages displayed - needed more. The view of the working library was more interesting than a lot of the religious art work on show. At €15, not good value. Would only recommend to those who particularly like religious artwork, the Hayes portraits were the standout pieces in gallery... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Collection is special as is the architecture REally loved it. Permanent collection is great, library fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Vinci's Codex. Vinci's Mysterious Musician. Caravaggio's Cup of Fruit.etc etc In an old, beautiful, quiet, labyrinthine, historical building. This is a place where you like to stay a long time admiring old Renaissance paintings and asking to yourself a lot of questions about art. Dont miss the Ambriosian

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is an art gallery first and foremost. Entrance is €15/-, paid €13/- if you have the Milano Card. Had been in Italy for more than a week, so the art on display is more or less the same. The Leonardo Works, is like 5 or 6 pages? Unless this is your first stop in Italy, save the money, get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Many attractive paintings are lighten in dark and calm room surrounded by old books. It is very mysterious.

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The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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