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Ambrosian Art Gallery (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana)

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
The simple entrance. Leonardo da Vinci's "Portrait of a Musician (Musicista)" is a must see.

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The Ambrosian art gallery (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana) is situated in a quiet area, just a short walk from the Cathedral at the city center.
Founded in 1607; it was opened as the world's first public library in 1609. Then number of valuable collections was donated and in 1618 the art gallery section was opened. Now it has also an art school.
This gallery has many collections of Lombard school and Venetian school.

Indeed it's comprised of 23 rooms divided chronologically. Major works are Leonardo da Vinci's "Portrait of a musician", Botticelli's "Madonna of the pavilion", the Raffaello's drawing sketch for "School of Athene" (painting in the Sistine Chapel in Rome), Caravaggio's "fruit basket "and others.
The building itself is very beautiful also as a library. Following the route like a maze, you will reach a corridor of an old monastery.

There you can see "the courtyard of the great people" with bronze statues of the famous philosophers and men of letters in the world. Not only the pictures on display, but also you can enjoy beautiful frescoes on the staircase. It's really elegant art museum.

Ambrosian art gallery (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana)

Address: Piazza Pio XI, 2 - 20123 Milano, Italia
Tel: +39 02 806921
Opening hours : 10:00-17:00
Closed: Mondays
Price: 8 euros
Required time to visit: 2 hours

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