From the Renaissance to contemporary art, by visiting these 8 Milanese museums and the treasures they contain you will have the chance to take a walk through the history of art; a history that is made by men with their idiosyncrasies and their existential problems, a history that ultimately can only drive us to look inside ourselves.

"The world was not created once, but every time an original artist came along", wrote Marcel Proust, and looking at these 10 works that the Yes Milano editorial staff has selected just for you, you will be able to witness the continuous creation of the world, in particular of Milano, and also a little of yourselves.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - Santa Maria delle Grazie

Painted at the end of the XV century, The Last Supper is held in the former Renaissance refectory of the convent adjacent to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. For centuries, this work has never ceased to enchant visitors from all over the world, as well as artists and writers - just think about the famous bestseller "The Da Vinci Code", written by Dan Brown, which takes its inspiration from this painting. 

 

The Lamentation of Christ by Andrea Mantegna - Pinacoteca di Brera

The Lamentation of Christ (1475-1478) by Andrea Mantegna is one of the most shocking and revolutionary works in art history. The painting brings on a change in aesthetic perspective through a dizzying glimpse, able to strongly express also a new way of approaching faith. An image imbued with great humanity, which always manages to move and make people think. The fact that it is held at the Pinacoteca di Brera makes the visit even more a must. 

The Kiss by Francesco Hayez - Pinacoteca di Brera

Also located in the beautiful Pinacoteca di Brera, the Hayez Kiss (1859) is considered one of the most romantic (and symbolic) works of art ever. At the centre of the painting is depicted a passionate encounter between two young lovers, in the hallway of a medieval castle: the atmosphere seems suspended in time, but in reality, it conveys patriotic values and impulses, typical of the Risorgimento during which it was realized.

Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo Buonarroti - Castello Sforzesco

At the Castello Sforzesco Museum you can find the work that best represents the so-called "unfinished Michelangelo": the Pietà Rondanini (1552-1553 and 1555-1564). Last sculpture realized by the Italian genius, the Pietà Rondanini is the artist's testament and final meditation on death and salvation of the soul. In this work, which is striking for its modernity, the sculptor gives up on the perfection of the body, transforming the dead Christ into an emblem of suffering.

Unique forms of continuity in space by Umberto Boccioni - Museo del Novecento

A milestone of the avant-garde Futurism movement, this sculpture (1913), located at the Museo del Novecento, is famous for its fluid and dynamic lines, as well as for being depicted on the back of the 20 cents € coins minted in Italy. The work, that represents movement, is rich in expressive and emotional details that can only be captured if observed with the right care and attention.

The Fourth Estate by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo - Museo del Novecento

At the Museo del Novecento we also find Pellizza da Volpedo's most famous masterpiece: Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate - 1901). This choral and realistic work recounts the desire for revenge matured by the working class, marked by the proud advancement of the subjects portrayed in a protest march.

The Seven Heavenly Palaces by Anselm Kiefer - Hangar Bicocca

This poetic permanent installation, exhibited at Hangar Bicocca since 2004, is composed of 7 towers between 14 and 18 m high, made of reinforced concrete and lead elements. The work, a heavy and light architectural structure at the same time, recalls symbolic elements of Jewish mystical tradition as well as the constructions built by ancient civilizations to celebrate the divine.

Haunted House by Robert Gober and Louise Bourgeois - Fondazione Prada

Haunted House is a mix of contemporary art and architecture, a great collective work located in that building of the Fondazione Prada, the exteriors of which appear to be covered in gold. Inside, there is a permanent installation designed by Robert Gober and two works by Louise Bourgeois (Cell (Clothes) and Single III, both from 1996); while on the upper floors there are historical and more recent works by Gober, an artist able to give life to new objects by combining elements from everyday life and whose research touches on themes such as sexuality, human relations, nature, politics and religion, in an alternating of unknown and familiar forms.

The Fruit Basket by Caravaggio - Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Located at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, this painting from the end of the Fourtheenth century is considered by critics to be one of the most emblematic still lifes in the history of art, a great aesthetic ode to nature.

Portrait of a young lady by Piero del Pollaiolo

We have decided to close this virtual tour with one of the most beautiful female faces ever painted: the Ritratto di Dama (Portrait of a lady, 1470 - 1472) by Piero del Pollaiolo. Universally acknowledged among the major masterpieces of Florentine portraiture, is currently kept at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, of which it's the symbol.