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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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Some high-quality art, but a rather expensive ticket

This museum houses a number of masterpieces in a wonderful building. There are original paintings by Leonardo and Caravaggio. However, it is the most expensive museum in Milan... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I do not like writing negative reviews but our visit here was simply disappointing. My wife is an Art History lecturer, so we have spent a lot of time in galleries around the world. On our visit to Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, one of the works we had gone to see was being conserved, so was not on view. Another was on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum houses a number of masterpieces in a wonderful building. There are original paintings by Leonardo and Caravaggio. However, it is the most expensive museum in Milan (€15 per ticket), and it is hard to justify this price (the Pinacoteca di Brera, for example, with a much more impressive art collection that is more visitor-friendly only charges €10 per... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love paintings and I could sit for hours in an art museum but even if I didn't then you should still see this one. I was a bit bummed about da Vinci's Codex. I had expected more on display. Price: 13 Euro with the Milano Card.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

To die for we saw the St Girolamo of Caravaggio what a treat and also a Leonardo which he painted in France at Clou towards the end of his life working for the French king but the gems are the Leonardo sketches which Federico Borromeo bought from a collection which once belonged to a friend of Leonardo to whom he... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Beautiful atmosphere. Powerful energetic. Picture by Leonardo da Vinci. U should to visit. Only one minus - u can't doing photos

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

What a collection! Beautifully shown with spectacular lighting. At this museum you can actually watch a massive restoration take place. DaVinci, DiVinci Codex and Caravaggio all in one museum. And not crowded!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Before you read the review below, can I suggest that you visit the Ambrosiana.....despite what I have written.!! Our recent visit included the following experiences: 1.The gallery has numerous staff who clearly have an attitude that they do not wish to help vistors. I presented my e ticket at reception to exchange it for a formal ticket.....cannot see the need... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The Ambrosiana is a wonderful gallery. When we visited we were impressed by a superb exhibition in which Caravaggio's St Jerome, on loan from the Borghese in exchange for the Ambrosiana's basket of fruit, was dispayed with a wonderful collection of drawings (Durer's, for example) from their own collection. Much thought and work must have gone into the exhibition. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit. Oldest library and Leonardo's drawings together with many valuable paintings makes extremely special feeling when visiting. You can taste the history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Not bad, quite a lot of Leonardo's works, but not as interesting as the Brera, and less well displayed. Worth a visit while you're in Milan.

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