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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
+39 390 280 6921
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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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Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
+39 390 280 6921
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The collection itself is not impressive (like other museums in Milan like Pinacoteca di Brera) and the price of the tickets is very exaggerated. I wouldn't say it's a complete waste of time but for me it's definitely not a must-visit. Besides, the paintings in...More

Thank Catarina A
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I was really wowed by the lighting in the main galleries. He rooms were dark and each painting was lit so that it popped. Very striking. I. The back building (might have been room 12) there was a gorgeous mosaic staircase that I loved. I...More

Thank ImeldaMario
Reviewed 13 July 2017

As soon as you enter you notice that you are watched at any single step you made. You barely dare to breath. Photos are forbidden, but this is never mentioned before you purchase the ticket. And my camera is as big as my nose on...More

Thank Zatash
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

That's one impressive museum! The paintings themselves are already so beautiful but then they are also beautiful lit. And then, all the way at the end, you'll see the Codex Atlanticus from Leonardo da Vinci. That you can see these pages with your own eyes...More

Thank Cinderella2204
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Impressive collection of art, despite somewhat variable level of paintings. We liked best the Luini and Breughel works, as well as Caravaggio's fruit basket.

Thank Ben070740
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Every step you take, every move you make, they'll be watching you! The staff is literally following you in order to avoid stealing, damaging or taking the soul out of the paintings. The price of admission is similar to Pinacoteca di Brera. That's the only...More

Thank Iustin S
Reviewed 6 July 2017

If you see nothing else, it's worth the visit to see Raphael's cartoon for the School of Athens fresco in the Vatican. It is being restored and there is a video to explain the process. A few choice paintings by Caravaggio, Leonardo, and Botticelli. Also,...More

Thank Barbara F
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Cardinal Borromeos fine Artcollection,accumulated since 1621.Masterpieces like:Leonardos The Musician, The School of Athens by Raphael, Titinas Adoration of the Magie and most of all the Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio:A marvel in itself and not to be missed. The Building in itself is a marvel...More

1  Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

This gallery has less visitors but a more interesting choice of paintings than Brera, to my taste. The place is more ambient and has a gorgeous library as the last hall to see before exit.

1  Thank irina t
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We were so glad we 'discovered' this wonderful place. Not crowded at all and filled with art treasures especially those of da Vinci. Off the beaten track in a lovely part of Milan. We spent an afternoon here taking it all in.

1  Thank diBiella51
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Response from Smokiedog | Reviewed this property |
National Gallery.....I think......check their website. Smokiedog
19 November 2015|
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Response from FAK_NYC | Reviewed this property |
I used an audio guide on one visit. I have moderate art background but found it useful. I also like exploring slowly, since the guide doesn't cover everything. I would definitely recommend one, depending on your own... More
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Response from RIMA961 | Reviewed this property |
Not sunday. Tank you.