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Visit These Art Museums In Milan

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 by in Italy | 0 comments

Any visitor to Italy and especially to the city of Milan who did not go to see the superb art galleries that are found here, would be committing a serious mistake and miss out on seeing some of the greatest artworks in the world. This includes the stupendous painting of the ‘Last Supper’ by Leonardo Da Vinci amongst so many others.

Milan is full of museums, wonderful churches and palaces as well as incredible art galleries that house some of the most important artworks on this planet. Milan is famous for its opera houses especially La Scala and its art galleries. One of these galleries is located in the Brera Palace which itself is an amazing feat of architecture that dates back to the 18th century. Just walking into the courtyard is impressive and when you enter the Brera Art Gallery, things just get even better with works of art and treasures from times long past adorning the walls of the galleries.

Brera Art Gallery


There is a certain air of romance in the Brera Palace and the artworks that are housed here include masterpieces from the XIV century to the XX century. With superb examples of paintings by Raphael, Bellini, Piero della Francesca Mantegna, Caravaggio and Bramante, you just have to stand back at wonder at it all. There are six halls that are dedicated to Italian masterpieces and this includes a superb collection of metaphysical paintings as well as a Maria and Emilio Jesi collection, the list just goes on and on. This art gallery, the Pinacoteca di Brera has one of the most important and prestigious art collections of modern and ancient paintings in the world and to miss seeing this would be a serious travesty.

If you love the impressive, then a visit to Sforza’s Castle will do more than just impress you.

This is an incredibly beautiful place that is divided up into lots of sections. There are art antiquities, musical instruments, applied arts, archaeological and numismatic collections from ancient Egypt and so much more. The incredibly famous Pieta Rondanini by Michelangelo is also found here.

The castle itself dates back to 1368 and it took ten years to build. The whole place is simply amazing and with some of the greatest art treasures by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo housed here, this superb location is really worth visiting, but if like me you get overwhelmed with the sheer beauty of the location, you need to spend quite a bit of time admiring everything you see and this includes the castle itself.

View of Sforza’s Castle

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Of course when you are travelling through Italy, you know you are going to come across some incredibly beautiful things and this goes for most things you do see and visit in this lovely part of the world. The art treasures both modern and old just catch you by surprise when you actually see them in front of you. We can all see them on the Internet, but what this lacks is the settings these artworks are placed in. So when you do see them ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, they are more than just superb, they are incredible.

Another art gallery that is definitely worth a visit when you are in Milan, is the Modern Art Gallery which is situated in Via Palestro. There is a superb collection of XIX paintings of Milanese Neoclassicism, Italian Romanticism, Macchiaioli school, Italian Impressionism, Verism as well as Divisionism housed here. So there is plenty to see. The gallery is set into two sections, the Grassi Collection and the Guiseppe Vismara Collection, and you do need to spend some time here to really take all the artworks in and appreciate the beauty of them all.

If you want to see the old masters treasures like Carravaggio, Raffaello, Botticelli, then take yourself along to one of the oldest museums/art galleries in Milan. It is called the Ambrosian Art Gallery and you will find it on the Piazzo Pio XI. This is a small gallery that has a lot of very important artwork on display and well worth a visit for any art lover or enthusiast.

The Museo d’Art e Scienza in Milan is an important gallery, not just for the artworks that can be seen at this gallery, but also for the role it plays today in authenticating works of art for museums, private individuals and other art galleries that are found throughout the world. There is a section of the gallery that is dedicated to the works of Leonardo da Vinci alone. But apart from the classical works that are on display, this art gallery also has an African and Buddhist art section. In all there are over 350 works of art and objects on permanent display at the gallery and it does have part of the Sforza Castle’s underground passage here too! You will find this lovely place on the Via Quintino Sella.

Organising your time when you are visiting Milan means spending it wisely because there is just so much to see and do. Spending some quality time touring around the amazing art galleries that are found here, you will find the experience both relaxing and educational. The old masterpieces that we all read about and see photos of, can be found in these galleries on permanent display. With works by Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo hanging in superb settings is something that has to be seen in the real world so that the viewer can really appreciate just what works of art they truly are.

When you are in Milan, set aside a couple of days to visit these amazing art galleries to see exactly what I mean. The locations are just out of this world especially the Sforza Castle, but it is the sheer volume of treasures that are found here that makes it so very impressive. From the old masters to the modern day masterpieces, you will find them in the art galleries of Milan so it is definitely worth putting aside a bit of time to tour around these lovely locations.

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