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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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Centro Storico
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Address: Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
Phone Number: +39 390 280 6921
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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Wonderful gallery with rude staff

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... read more

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not very large, but a very nice collection of art and mainly things from Milan history and work related to Leonardo da Vinci

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our last day we decided to visit this art gallery since it was raining and right by our hotel. I don't usually visit art galleries on vacations but this one was a good enough size that we could go through the whole thing in a little over an hour, and there was a variety of art styles and it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

most of the art is religious and of moderate interest. there is restauration of the cartoon for the School of Athens, and there are the Leonardos. definitely worth stopping just to see these few items. a quiet, pleasant gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The treasures of Milano are often overlooked. At first glance the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana like Milan can be a little intimidating. It's off the tourist flow and for most US travelers the Ambrosiana like Milan doesn’t have the historical familiarity of the sights of Rome or the landscape setting of the museums of Florence and for this reason many tourists aren't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The Ambrosiana is an odd museum. Each painting has a perfect light trained on it and a hard to read brass label. Good works by Bernardino Luini (a recognized follower of Leonardo daVinci) and some wonderful spaces - a paneled library and interior courtyards. But for me the highlight was a small room of Jan Breugel paintings including an amazingly... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you are fans of Leonardo this definitely worth a visit. It's not very busy and the items displayed are well presented. And it's walking distance from the other attractions.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The fact that there are certain rules regarding entrance and photography in certain historic establishments is under critisism and discussion. As a friend of art and architecture I have my personal eye when it comes to collecting memories using a plane smartphone. That was my second visit in the Pinacoteca and will definitely be the last. Except if a special... More 

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