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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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Centro Storico
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Address: Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
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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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Some of the most important artworks are in this beautiful building

This is one of my favorite places, and I visit it each time I'm in Milan. Besides Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus and Young Musician, it contains the full-size cartoon (drawing) done... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited to view the Leonardo Codex however very dissapointed how little is on display. The shop however sells pictures and so on of his sketches not displayed. Rather than display the 'famous' tanks or such drawings they display predominantly written text from the codex with limited drawings or designs. However, Leonardo's Portarait of a Musician was on display and I... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places, and I visit it each time I'm in Milan. Besides Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus and Young Musician, it contains the full-size cartoon (drawing) done by Raphael of the School of Athens, although it was being restored, in the room where it is displayed and you can see a bit of it, as it is... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is a lot to see here, only you cant take pictures. My favorite - a strand of Lucretia Borgia's hair. There is three floors. If you must use the toilet, go before starting the tour, it is too complicatet to get back after.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As far as I am concerned, this is a must-see when u are in Milano. While the ticket price (E15.00) may seem a little steep, once inside you will see works by Leonardo, Caravaggio, and many others. And it all ends with a visit to the Ambrosiana Library. Do yourself a favor and go!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was so skeptical about going here after reading the bad reviews, then found them completely without merit and disappointing that you could be dissuaded from this seeing this fantastic place. It is a very grand former home, so you walk through many rooms, up and down staircases, and onto outside terraces in each level which reveal the inner courtyard.... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A manageable collection of first rate art, that also includes Leonardo's definitive Codice Atlantico.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After seeing the Last Supper, we were glad to come here to see a replica made by one of DaVinci's students. Interesting to compare and contrast to the masterpiece itself. This is also a wonderful museum with many beautiful works of art and historical significance. Lovely!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of Milan's hidden gems. I was alone in the pinacoteca for all my visit with the exception of another couple. They don't have as many paintings as in the Pinacoteca de Brera but it's almost a plus because the paintings they have are beautifully shown. They have one Boticelli painting and one by Leonardo. The most interesting... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The display of the art works is exquisite with each gallery only lit by the specific spot light for each picture which is positioned in such a way that there are no shadows allowing you to view the painting in its full glory. It was very quiet and peaceful. It was disappointing not to be able to take photos, even... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is located in downtown Milan, in the historical center near the dome. You can find a nice collection of picture and precious books inside if you decide to pay the expensive entrance ticket. In some rooms, the works are also backlit.

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