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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan

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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a historic library in Milan, features a huge range of books and documents as well as an Ambrosian art gallery. The library's collection includes manuscripts from Greece, Syria, and more, including love letters between Lucrezia Borgia and Pietro Bembo, the oldest copy of the Kitab Sibawahaihi, and the earliest example of a Biblical canon. You can even view Leonardo da Vinci's "Portrait of a Musician." Plan your visit to Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Milan road trip planning website .
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  • August 18, 2017
    I never thought the collection of painting was so amazing ... a delight for the spirit ... not to be missed.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A wonderful architecture, even of the building to the richness of the exhibits. Very nice and relaxing place
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  • August 15, 2017
    Museum on several floors with well-known painters. The paintings are in most well established values. Price of admission € 15.
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  • If you love art you have to visit it, very few da Vinci illustrations. But is worth it. By the way, I loved the floors :)
  • This is the building which host both the library ("biblioteca", still operating) and the surrounding paintings collection ("pinacoteca") which belonged to the Cardinal Federigo Borromeo (born in 1564 - d. 1631). Paintings mostly depict religious subjects (he was a an archbishop!). I especially enjoyed the flemish (bruguel and prim) paintings as well as the Lombards school (Procaccini, Morazzone) and Barocci. True masterpieces are the Madonna del Padiglione by Botticelli and the Flowers by Brueghel (maybe even better than Caravaggio basket of fruit which is the last room). I also especially liked the few late '800 milanese paintings (the two little sisters by Longoni and the Hayez portraits and Gola washing ladies). I suggest the use of the guide.
  • If you go lured by the Da Vinci "promise", like I was, save your 15 euros. Very few Da Vinci things (just one picture and some reproductions of pages from the Codex Atlanticus at the very end). If you're into "Virgin Mary plus baby Jesus" then that's your place: lots of variations of this topic. Anyway a nice place to spend one hour, but a little bit expensive IMHO. I think the Pinacoteca di Brera is probably more worthwhile.
  • Nice museum with great sculptures. You gotta pay a visit to it when you're in milan.
  • Nice museum. Not suitable for kids though they are allowed. Remember to take the audio headset before you start otherwise you won't be able to understand anything about the paints and statues. The room for Leonardo is small and the last supper paint is not the real one, but you will see" the musician " among other ones.

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