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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 5 days ago

I really enjoyed this museum although I was not quite sure I understand it all until later and probably should have taken the audio tour as it quite complex and diverse (beautiful priceless pieces all in one place). 15 Euros to get in which is...More

1  Thank Peteski2016
Reviewed 6 days ago

In my opinion pinacoteca ambrosiana is much better than pinacoteca di brera (only religious paints)...a perfect view of culture history...the only museum for a second visit in Milan

1  Thank danezu360
Reviewed 1 week ago

To stand at arms length to a Da Vinci painting is such a contrast to the Mona Lisa experience. I deeply savor Caravaggio's work. When you stand near the basket of fruit, the Apple temps you to lift from the basket. The rest of the...More

Thank Jack L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The pictures were beautifully dsiplayed with excellent lighting. It was possible to go also into the Ambrosiana Library at the end where pages from Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus were displayed, which was amazing to see. The shop was quite 'academic' as you might expect.

Thank 303racoon50
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quiet and calming, a great find within walking distance of the Duomo. Very expensive at 15 Euros each. Apparently there is an audio tour and some of the displays have downloadable info for the right smartphone app. We just walked through. Map given out is...More

1  Thank Brian B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is a beautiful building filled with religious art from the renaissance onward, but for me the last room/library was the treat. Therein is Leonardo da Vinci's " portrait of a musician", a number of his drawing/handwritten pages, plus a Caravaggio, "Basket of fruit";...More

1  Thank 736markf
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

1  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
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Tom M
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National Gallery.....I think......check their website. Smokiedog
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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