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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
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Ranked #38 of 1,001 things to do in Milan
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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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this and it was a great attraction to visit while in Milan. There were times that the lighting we too dim to se the picture in their full glory which was a shame. The floor plan was a little confusing but there is a great deal to see. Audio guide was good.

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot to see in Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. I recommend to visit with audioguide (there is English and Italian audio version with text displayed, costs 3€), which gives you some interesting insights about each room and many artworks.

Thank BlueKardelenka
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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

The floor plan at first was a bit confusing but once we overcame that, the museum was quite enjoyable. One thing that I have to question is the total prohibition of photography. I certainly get any venue prohibiting flash photography for a multitude of reasons but NO photography seems somewhat draconian

Thank Richard M
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

A good collection of art works. Unusually for an Italian museum it has art from Northern Europe specifically Brueghel. It has a large amount of works to see but the building/buildings are somewhat rambling. You at times need to push through doors or go up stairs to see if it is part of the tour or not.

The main items to see are Carravaggio's still life, Leonardo's drawings and Raphael's drawing for the School of Athens (assuming it is out of restoration).

The museum is closed on Mondays. Cameras are not allowed.

Thank Gerard_S77
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

A very interesting museum in a beautiful building. When we were there it wasn't crowded, which made it very relaxing to look round. As well as a beautiful collection of art, there are items like Napoleon's gloves and a lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair, which I found fascinating. The Rafael cartoon of the School of Athens is being restored at the moment, so can't be seen, but there is a very interesting film about the restoration, and you can see into the room where the work is going on. Pages from the Leonardo codex are well displayed in a lovely library and you can really study them closely. In the same room is Caravaggio's Basket of Fruit which is stunning. The museum is rather on the pricey side, at 15 euros each but as it is basically an art collection (with some unique items) housed in a stately home, it's worth at least one visit. For refreshment, the Spadari Cafe serves lovely food in elegant surroundings.

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