The Pinacoteca di Brera – Brera Art Gallery in Milan is the main collection of paintings in this important city of art.
Among many points of interest and must-see in Milan, the Pinacoteca di Brera is definitely the No. 1 museum. It represents well an impressive richness of Italian artistic heritage and its collection is nothing less than magnificent.
The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in the middle of the area of Brera, an exclusive district of Milan known also its elegant stores, sophisticated restaurants and cafes, and for monumental churches.
The Collection of Pinacoteca di Brera
The artworks exhibited in the Brera Art Gallery in Milan are predominantly the paintings and a few sculptures by Italian artists, spanning from the antiquity to the modern times. It boasts one of the richest collections of Italian medieval paintings wordwide, as well as an important Renaissance art collection.
The Brera Art Gallery in Milan features paintings by the most important Italian artists such as Tiziano, Andrea Mantegna, Bramante, Raphael Sanzio, Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Tintoretto and Francesco Hayez. It is like immersing into the world of the past centuries. A truly fascinating art collection.
The Rooms of Pinacoteca di Brera
The organization of Brera Art Gallery in Milan follows a chronological and geographical order and lets us discover the following collections:
- Frescoes from the 14th century
- Gothic and late Gothic paintings
- Venetian paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries
- Lombard paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries
- Renaissance of Ferrara, Emilia and Marche
- Piero della Francesca, Bramante, Raffaello
- Paintings of central Italy: 16th and 17th centuries
- Caravaggio and the Lombard 17th century
- Foreign art schools
- The 18th century paintings
- The 19th century paintings
- The 20th Century: the Jesi and Vitali collections
Don’t miss in the Brera Art Gallery in Milan especially the paintings from the Middle Ages – very rare to find in other museums, and the exquisite Renaissance art pieces.
Palazzo di Brera
The grand neoclassical Palazzo di Brera serves as a splendid home for this gallery that occupies 38 rooms.
The building originates from about 1150 when a monastery was built at this spot. Then it passed through different hands serving various purposes, religious and not. Around 1773 the palace was destined to host several artistic, cultural and scientific institutions. In 1776 by decree of Empress Maria Teresa I to expand the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan was established.
Later Napoleon left his personal mark, exhibiting the works he had obtained from the conquered territories, until in 1882 the museum was constituted as independent of the Academy.
The impressive Palazzo not only hosts the pinacoteca, it also has a botanical garden, the astronomical observatory, the national library and the Lombard Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts.
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- Schedule: 8:30 - 19:15, Tue-Sun; Mon closed
- Address: Via Brera, 28, Milan, Italy, 20121