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“Scuola di ΑΤΕΝΕ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Thessaloniki, Greece
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“Scuola di ΑΤΕΝΕ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

Except the beautiful paintings you will have the opportunity to see the "codex Atlanticus" of Leonardo da Vinci at the Library (beautiful room) and if you haven't visit the Vatican, the sketch of "Scuola di ΑΤΕΝΕ" of Raffaello.

Visited December 2011
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“Great paintings and a wonderful library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2011

This gallery has some remarkable paintings, including da Vinci's "The musician" (on loan when I visited) and Caravaggio's "Basket of Fruit". The impressive library, one of the first public libraries, houses Leonardo's Codice Atlantico drawings, some of which were on display when I was there.

Visited December 2011
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“The world's largest collection of works of Leonardo Da Vinci for starters”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

and an amazing collection of other works in an amazing space. The Pinacoteca was set up in 1618 by Archbishop Federico Borromeo to form and nurture an aesthetic taste, originally with about 250 paintings, now over 1500 in number with works by Raphael, Luini, Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Bruegel. Interesting computer magnification and detail of the works of Leonard and Caravaggio. Doesn't look like much from the outside but the architecture and inside are sensational.

Visited December 2011
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“Leonardo's codex and Lucretia Borgia's hair”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2011

A Gem of a museum, more enticing than the Brera, more available than The Last Supper. No queues like the Brera, no 15 minute slot like Leonardo's Last Supper. The Library is accessed through red velvet curtains and it is full of wonders, a fitting finale to your visit. Waxlyrical Oxford

Visited November 2011
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“Don't miss this gallery!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

I visited on a weekday and had the place practically to myself... It was absolutely incredible to see the DaVinci notebooks up close. And I was not expecting such a wonderful collection of art and artifacts. I only wish I had more time, because I could have stayed all day!

Visited November 2011
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