Cesare Colombo. Photographs 1952 - 2012

Milano immortalized by a master of Italian photography

Castello Sforzesco, Sala Viscontea
Piazza Castello

An exhibition dedicated to the photographer Cesare Colombo is held in the Viscontea room of the Castello Sforzesco from 21st February to 14th June, 2020 - postponed until 13th September. A vivid overview of the Milanese metropolis capturing circa 60 years of urban- social development and transformations. 


Colombo was one of the twentieth century’s great masters of Italian photo reporting and, from 1950 onwards, immortalized Milan in hundreds of striking shots. One of his most famous images is that of the Galfa skyscraper filmed at night, with the office windows still lit and workers still at their desks, a symbol of the frenetic work rhythms in 1968.


When he, and other collaborating photographers, were asked by the Italian Touring Club to choose a shot dedicated to the Club’s 120 years that exemplified the Italy they loved, surprisingly Colombo chose not a vintage photo but the "Portrait of ex-immigrants, now new Italians": a group of Filipino housekeepers who proudly sing the national anthem under the portico of the basilica at Colonne di San Lorenzo. The shot was taken in 2011 as part of 150th commemorations for the unification of Italy.

Opening times

Opening times:

9 a.m. - 5.30 pm

Monday: close


Ticket information

Ticket information:

Free entrance. Booking required.

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