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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." By using our Milan trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and other attractions in Milan.
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  • Almost abandoned building. nothing to see. The vandalizados baths. An absolute waste of time. He would not again
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  • The Borromeo family, for centuries one of the first in Milan and of Italy, he loved art, and proven by the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore, numerous villas and palaces and, in particular, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, which was commissioned and built by the famous cardinal Federico in the Spanish era, enlarged in the years ' 30 and restored by the architect. 90 years of the 20th century. Gawali From the medieval church of the Holy Trinity and piazza Cordusio, preserves and presents numerous treasures, including the Atlantic Codex by Leonardo, a collection of papers on which Leonardo traced drawings and travel notes: a sort of diary in which leapt ideas of their own but mostly you jot down some of the wonders of hydraulic technique in Milan, as the now disappeared due to carelessness water scale in the countryside of Sorzhesca and the mechanism that drove a hydrohammers or opening of barriers of conches: milanese invention prior to Leonardo than half a century. But even at his library is a jewel of Renaissance culture, open to scholars from all over the world. My Favorites, however, are two small beautiful Flemish paintings representing each a flower pot and, if you look good, some insects.
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  • In the heart of Milan by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, is the venerable Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, receptacle of masterpieces (the "Musician" by Leonardo, the "adoration of the Magi" by Tiziano, Caravaggio's "basket of fruit" just to name a few). Don't forget "the school of Athens" by Raphael (out of a box of size bloated) and Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Codex. Impossible not to name the library with thousands of donation, manuscripts, maps, musical scores and other rarities, is one of the most important in the world. A heritage to humanity: not to be missed!
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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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