The Palace with the Huge Painting Collection and Art SchoolThe Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera), in the heart of the bohemian district of Brera, is one of the most important museums in Milan and is considered one of the best and most important art galleries in Italy and around the world. Here you will experience an impressive display of art, displayed in an equally impressive structure.
In the gallery you will see quite a few famous works of art made by the greatest Italian painters and sculptors from the Renaissance, Baroque and up to the 20th century. Rafael and Caravaggio to Rembrandt and Francisco de Goya, some of the works here are very famous and are likely to be easily identified and exciting to see them.
By the way, Napoleon is the one to give credit to for having this place. During the 18th century, when he conquered Italy, he confiscated many works of art in many places and transferred them to Milan, which would become the Brera Art Gallery. As a result, the museum has grown into one of the richest and most impressive museums in the world.
The gallery, also known as the Pinacoteca Museum, is on the top floor of the Milan Art Academy. This is a 17th-century palace with a large collection of paintings, one of the most abundant in Italy. The building also houses the Di Belle Academy, the Milan Academy of Art, an art school established in 1776 by the Emperor's wife in Austria, Maria Theresa. This is an art school, considered the most important in Milan and northern Italy as a whole.
Selected Works in the GalleryWithin the museum's vast collection there are Italian paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages until now. There are works from the 13th to the 20th century.
Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, Raphael and many others - you can see works by well-known and respected artists, such as the religious paintings of "Dead Jesus" by Andrea Mantegna, or Giovanni Bellini's sorrowful "Pieta". Alongside them, a number of interesting archaeological findings are found in the gallery.
There are some particularly impressive religious works in the Brera Art Gallery that should not be missed:
Hall 6 - "Cristo Morto" by Mantegna, where Mantegna painted the expression of Jesus in a very emotional way and includes an innovative painting angle for the first time, painted from the feet up.
Hall 9 - the painting of Tintoretto from 1562, "Il Ritroframeo del Corpo di San Marco." Notice Michelangelo's chilling lighting for the burial cave and the heroic positions of the characters.
Hall 24 - In the magnificent painting of Della Francesca, “La Vergine con il Bambino e Santi”, Maria sits with the sleeping baby Jesus on her knees. Saints and angels surround her and next to her, kneeling, is Duke Federico. A masterpiece of meticulous description, great use of geometrical perspective, gentle lighting and great picture design, along with icons like the egg, a symbol of birth, and shells as a symbol of life.
Hall 24 - Raphael's "Sposalizio della Vergine," painted when he was 21, is a masterpiece of Renaissance art, which is expressed in amazing abstract symmetry and amazing dramatic movement.
Signorelli's "Flagellation" demonstrates a moment of dynamic action when the tortured six are whipped. The lashers lift the whip that is about to land on Jesus' chest. A wonderful description of a position for the same character, from different directions.
TipsEntrance is free under the age of 18.