The Pinacoteca Brera
Funded in 1809 by Napoleon Bonaparte, it is located in the historical and pictoresque district of Brera, with its traditional narrow streets, its low buildings with colourful façades as well as balconies decorated with flowers, its romantic inner courtyards with the famous “case di ringhiera“, i.e. tenement with communal balconies, that remind us of the past. The Pinacoteca Brera houses one of the most prestigious collections of paintings in Italy, and here you can admire some of the most important artists of the art history, among them Mantegna, Tintoretto, Bramante, Piero della Francesca, Raffaello, Caravaggio, Tiepolo, Canaletto and many others, the layout of the gallery has been recently renovated in order to highlight the value of the masterpieces on display .
Visitors are astonished in the vary famous Urbinati Room, that houses the “Marriage of the Virgin Mary” by Raphael, a work that marks the end of the artist’s formation and the beginning of his maturity, with the great masterpieces executed in Rome, as well as the renowned “Montefeltro Altarpiece” by Piero della Francesca, a real work of art of the Renaissance, a very difficult painting to understand, full of symbols, embleme of the precision of Umanism as well as of the interests for mathematics and geometry at the Court of Federico da Montefeltro, and last but not least “Christ at the Column” by Bramante, a painting that really moves, that touches your heart for the deep psychological analyses, as well as for the sadness and sufferance shown by Jesus.
In the itinerary of the Pinacoteca Brera you will also find two Chapels, completely rebuilt, the “Chapel of Mocchirolo“, worthy example of the Gothic style, where you can admire the strong influence of Giotto on the Milanese painting during his stay at the Court of the Visconti, as well as the “Chapel of Sain Joseph“, a masterpiece by Bernardino Luini, one of the most important artists of the Milanese Renaissance, who left many works in the city, among which the magnificent decoration of the Church of Saint Maurice (San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore), considered the little Sixtine Chapel of Milan.
Furthermore you can admire paintings by Giovanni Bellini, among which the famous “Pietà“, as well as by Mantegna, with his “Dead Christ“, Canaletto, with the famous views of Venice and, last but not least, the “Last Supper in Emmaus” by Caravaggio.
The Museum thus offers the change to loose yourself in the art history, enjoying the beauty of the great masterpieces on display.
Finally, you can also have a look at the massive building, that houses some important institutions, such as the Art Academy, the Braidense Library, the Astronomic Observatory and the Botanical Garden.