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If you’re seeking a special museum experience in Milano, with a profusion of masterpieces and inspiring installations, then you’ve come to the right place: the Pinacoteca di Brera.
The large first floor spaces of the Palazzo di Brera display chefs-d'oeuvre such as the Discovery of the body of Saint Mark by Tintoretto, the Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, the Dead Christ by Mantegna, the Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio, the Pala Montefeltro (The Virgin with Child, Angels and Saints) by Piero della Francesca, Francesco Hayez's The Kiss and Umberto Boccioni's Riot in the Galleria and The City Rises. The collections comprise works from the fourth millennium BC. up to the twentieth century, a series of artworks representing the best of global production.
Constructed by the great architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the Pinacoteca is housed within the walls of an ancient fourteenth-century convent that once belonged to the religious Order of the Humiliati and was commissioned by Maria Teresa, Empress of Austria.
The Museum provides benches with dedicated design stations to enable visitors to stop, observe, sketch and fully enjoy the masterpieces. Some artworks have adjacent tactile samples such as reproductions of the fabrics depicted in the paintings or fragrances related to the image to augment the hands-on experience and to feel connected with the scenes.
Music lovers can explore the relationship between visual arts and music with the innovative Brera/Musica series; on dedicated days the museum spaces host a repertory of live international-level performances. For food lovers, the beautiful Caffè Fernanda is an integral part of the museum and one of the 5 museum bars in our not-to-be-missed in Milano itinerary.
In the heart of one of Milano’s most famous districts, in addition to the Pinacoteca, the Brera cultural complex comprises the Braidense National Library, the Astronomical Observatory, the Botanical Garden, the Lombard Institute of Sciences and Letters and the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts. The Pinacoteca was initially created to house a collection of works (paintings from the dissolution of churches and monasteries) to inspire the academy’s students in their historical and artistic studies.
A visit here encompasses many themes dedicated to art, nature, astronomy and culture.