Milan and its museums

Written by Linda Bertella. Posted in MILAN

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Milan is a town to be discovered, as well as its museums. The Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century), for instance: a comprehensive route along the most important changes of Italian art, a taste of the European avant-garde with Picasso and a view on Duomo Square: The Italian creativeness is also featured in the Design Museum of Triennale where even the café is author-marked.

In the Neoclassical frame of Galleria dell’Ottocento (Eighteenth Century Gallery), residence of Napoleon in his Golden Age you’ll step into Van Gogh, Gaugin or Renoir among the elegant works by Canova. A visitor from the XIXth century wouldn’t leave Milan without walking in Giangiacomo Poldi Pezzoli or the Brothers Bagatti-Valsecchi’s drawing rooms. Eccentric, fond collectors, famous for changing their houses into a perfect neo-Gothic or Baroque style according to situations.

You won’t miss the ten museums at Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle), as well as their most famous masterpiece, the latest Pietà by Michelangelo and the Sala delle Asse, where through a tangled trompe-l’oeil, you’ll recognize the hand and thought of Leonardo. His wit is shown at the National Museum of Science and Technology. More works can be seen in Milan thanks to a tireless collector, the Cardinal Federico Borromeo. They are displayed at the Musem, nowadays the Ambrosiana Art Gallery, together with Raffaello, Tiziano and Caravaggio. For the ones who are fond of Sacred Art there’s the Diocesan Museum with works dating back to the IVth century up to present time.

But the “heart” museum of Milanesi (people from Milan) is Brera Art Gallery, once a Medieval cloister and a cultural centre under the Austrians domination that Napoleon turned into a museum in 1809. He asked for works from all over Italy, stocked them in the deposits that are still full today. The idea is to enlarge the museum in the future, now you must be “pleased” with thirty-eight rooms!

Linda Bertella

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