Ambrosiana art gallery
The Ambrosiana Art Gallery is
named after S. Ambros, the Patron Saint of the city of Milan. In 1618,
the Cardinal Federico Borromeo founded the Ambrosiana donating over
200 paintings of his private collection to create a new Art Gallery.
Cardinal Federico Borromeo's aim was to give the art students
attending the new accademy of Fine Arts, paintings as models to
imitate. Our guided tour aims at showing you that this donation is the
starting point of one of the most important art galleries in Milan.
You will see sculptures, precious objects and paintings, some of the
best Venetian and Lombard paintings and a collection of sketches.
Among the master-pieces we will see Caravaggio’s "Fruit Basket",
Botticelli’s "Madonna of the Baldacchino" and Raffaello’s original
drawing used as a design for his "School of Athens" at the Vatican in
Pope Jules II apartment. We will also see Leonardo’s "Portrait of a
Musician" , Leonardo’s student, Ambrogio De Predis’ "Profile of a
noble Woman" and Titian’s "Adoration of the Magi". In the same
building we can find the Ambrosian Library founded by the Cardinal, a
collection of ancient manuscripts, Leonardo Da Vinci’s "Codex
The important collection of note-books, drawings and notes deserve a
special mention. There is an exceptional exhibition plan until 2015,
where at turns some of the original Leonardo’s drawings are in
Our guided walking tours
Capri and Ischia