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Milan Museums And Galleries, Italy

A selection of the most interesting museums in Milan that must be visited:

Cenacolo Vinciano
Between 1495 and 1498, Leonardo da Vinci painted the whole wall of the refectory in the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with a fresco of The Last Supper, one of the most famous masterpieces in history. This work of art has undergone a restoration that lasted twenty years and which was only recently finished, bringing it back to its full glory and halting the deterioration that was turning it into a faded, shapeless stain.

La Scala Theater Museum
Founded in 1913, this interesting museum houses exhibits of various costumes and theatre sets that are of great historical and artistic value. Some rooms are dedicated to the La Scala Theater’s architecture and the life of the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi, while others house ancient musical instruments, curtains and costumes that belonged to famous artists such as Maria Callas and Rudolf Nureyev.

Pinacoteca di Brera
The Pinacoteca di Brera is a picture gallery set up in 1809 by Napoleone Bonaparte. It houses a great number of works of art that were “confiscated” from churches and convents throughout Europe. Works to be seen range from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries, and include masterpieces by artists such as Piero della Francesca (Pala d’Urbino), Raffaello (Sposalizio della Vergine), Mantenga (Cristo Morto), il Bramante and Caravaggio. The courtyard holds a wonderful statue of Napoleon that was created by Canova.

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
This is Milan’s oldest museum, which was opened in 1609. This picture gallery is home to some masterpieces by artists such as Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Botticelli. The Ambrosiana also houses an important library which contains some ancient codes, illuminated manuscripts, and ancient books.

The Museum of Ancient Art
This interesting museum is housed in the splendid Castello Sforzesco, and is home to some of the most important sculptures that help to understand Lombard history and culture. The works come from a period ranging from the 4th to the 16th century. They include the funeral monument for Gaston di Foix and the “Pietà Rondinini” by Michelangelo.

Museum of Science and Technology
This interesting museum, which is named after Leonardo da Vinci and which was recently renovated and housed in an old monastery, is one of the most interesting science museums in the whole world. 40,000 square meters of exhibition space for subjects ranging from astronomy to computers. The models and machines built to the design by the great Tuscan genius cannot be missed.

Museum Houses
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, the Boschi Di Stefano House, Villa Necchi Campiglio and the Poldi Pezzoli Museum are the must-see museum houses in Milan, a rare example of art collections and domestic spaces, authentic portraits of life, culture and the generosity of some of the most important Milanese families. All four are in the center of Milan.  The Bagatti Valsecchi house contains a precious collection of works from the fifth and sixth centuries, while Boschi Di Stefano house shows paintings by masters of contemporary Italian art in its apartment designed by architect Portaluppi.  Villa Necchi Campiglio, also designed by Portaluppi in 1935, can be seen today its original form, and the Poldi Pezzoli Museum is set up in the palace of Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1822 - 1879), a refined collector of art from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century.
The 19th Century Museum, Formerly the Gallery of Modern Art – GAM, now the 19th Century Museum, located in the rooms of the magnificent Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte, is one of the most important collections of Italian 19th century art. The collection includes statues by Canova, paintings by Bossi and Appiani and works by Hayez, Segantini and Medardo Rosso. The famous Quarto Stato (Fourth Estate) by Pellizza da Volpedo completes the collection.

PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art
Housed in the stables of Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte and rebuilt by architect Ignazio Gardella in 1954, the PAC, in the tradition of European Kunsthalles, is the site of Italian and international contemporary art shows and educational workshops in artistic expression for children.

It is the temple of Italian design. The great salons in the Palazzo dell'Arte, designed by architect Muzio in the 1930's, made even more useful with recent renovations by Gae Aulenti and Michele De Lucchi, contain the Permanent Collection of Italian Design (Design Museum), the Gallery of Architecture, home of temporary exhibitions, Coffee Design, also dedicated to temporary shows, and Art Book, a comprehensive library of books on design and other spaces dedicated to international events and restoration.


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