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GETTING HERE

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Piazza Pio XI, 2
20123 Milano

Metro
M1 stop Cordusio or Duomo | M3 stop Duomo
Tram
Line 12-14-16 stop Orefici/Cantù |Line 2-3 stop Duomo

PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA
AND SAN SEPOLCRO CRYPT

OPENING HOURS
Monday to Sunday 10.00-18.00 (the ticket office closes at 17.30)
Closed on Wednesday
Open on Easter day, Easter Monday, April 25, May 1, June 2

TICKETS

[BUY TICKET-INDIVIDUALS]

In case of reservation an advance sale fee of € 1.50 per ticket will be applied

PARTNERSHIPS 1*:
• MILANOCARD holders, Pogliaghi Museum or Colosso San Carlo di Arona ticket holders (within one year of issue), Gallerie d’Italia and Villa Arconati ticket holders, Intesa Sanpaolo employees

PARTNERSHIPS 2*:
• Touring Club members, FAI members, full Duomo Pass or Duomo Fast-track owners, owners of the Piemonte Valle d’Aosta Museums Subscription, Società del Quartetto Card owners, COOP members, owners of the Artsupp Card

OTHER FREE ADMISSIONS

Membership of the respective categories must be proved by a document/card currently valid.

• Authorised guides with registration card and teachers accompanying school groups (1 for every 10 students).
• Journalists who need to visit the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana to review it are admitted for free. They need to submit the accreditation request to the press office with at least 24 hours advance, specifying the name of the publication and the day scheduled for the visit (mail: press@ambrosiana.it). Otherwise, journalists are granted a reduced ticket upon presentation of their journalist card, valid for the current year.
• ICOM members
• Possessors of ABBONAMENTO MUSEI LOMBARDIA (only for Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, on presentation of the subscription card together with ID)
• There also exist special permits, for professional reasons and with the approval of the administration for: superintendents of the fine arts, public officials and scholars-researchers (with cover letter by a Professor).
For further information: contatti@ambrosiana.it

Audioguide
€ 3.00 (without earphones) / € 4.00 with earphones Ita / Eng

GROUPS AND GUIDED TOURS
Reservations required for groups with at least 15 participants (each group maximum 25 people)

tel: +39 0292897721
email: ambrosiana@vivaticket.it
Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m., excluding holidays

GROUP FARES

ADULTS Pinacoteca € 11,65 | Crypt € 7,65 | Pinacoteca + Crypt € 16,65
SCUOLE Pinacoteca € 4,60 | Crypt € 3,10 | Pinacoteca + Crypt € 7,10

NURSERY SCHOOL GROUPS (UP TO 5 YEARS OLD): FREE

[MORE INFORMATION ON OUR OFFERS FOR GUIDED TOURS AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES]

 

RULES OF THE PINACOTECA

READ THE RULES OF THE PINACOTECA

WORS ON LOAN

READ THE LIST OF THE ARTWOKS TEMPORALY ABSENT FROM THE ITINERARY

 

BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA

READING ROOM OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.50
For printed books and manuscripts, reservation with at least two working days’ notice is highly recommended. The reservation must be addressed to: prenotazione.salalettura@ambrosiana.it
Reservation, in the same way as above, is mandatory for drawings, engravings, parchments and materials from archival funds.
Following the current unusability of part of the rooms used for book storage, some shelf marks may be unavailable.
The distribution of material that has not been booked will be limited to the time slot between 9.00 and 12.00.
Due to reasons of force majeure, the Library may be forced to reduce its service, up to and including the temporary closure.

Closing days 2024:
• Italian public holidays.
• From Good Friday, March 29, to Friday April 5 included
• April 26
• From Monday July 22, to Friday August 30 included, reopening on Monday September 2
• From Monday December 23 to Monday January 6, 2025 included

Notice to Thesis supervisors, PhD students and researchers:
We invite Thesis supervisors, Ph.D. and Specialization Schools Lecturers to contact the Library Director (e-mail: direzione.biblioteca@ambrosiana.it), before assigning or taking on researches that require the consultation of materials included in this list (see Rules, Art. 4, § 3 >>>).
This precaution is necessary because of the state of some materials, which does not allow consultation.

For information concerning the materials that can be consulted, see this page.

LIBRARY RULES

Founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo and inaugurated in 1609, the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana is administered by the College of Fellows (Collegio dei Dottori), presided over by the Prefect.
The ordinary administration of the services is coordinated by the Head Librarian, who reports to the Director of the Library.
Assistance to scholars in the Reading Room is guaranteed by the library staff, as far as they are competent, and by the presence of a Fellow with the title of Head Librarian.

Notice to Thesis Supervisors, PhD candidates and graduates working on theses:
Thesis Supervisors, PhD candidates and graduates working on theses are requested to contact the Library Administration (e-mail: direzione.biblioteca@ambrosiana.it), before assigning research topics that entail consultation of the materials in the reserve collections, subject to Special Rules for the consultation of manuscripts and incunabula (see Library Rules, Art. 4, §3).
This precaution is necessary because of the state of some materials, which precludes consultation. For information concerning the materials that can be consulted, see the relevant page.

ART. 1 – OPENING TIMES
§ 1.SEE OPENING HOURS PUBLISHED ABOVE ON THIS PAGE
§2. It is closed: on public holidays; on the feast of St. Ambrose, patron saint of Milan (December 7); from 24 December to 6 January; from Thursday in Easter Week to the Sunday after Easter; during the summer holidays (as scheduled from year to year) and on other days shown on the calendar.

ART 2. – ADMISSIONS
§1. Access to the Library, after authorization and registration, is open to anyone 18 and older. Users are requested to wear attire suitable to the decorum of the institution.
§2. Access is subject to authorization by the Head Librarian, who will assess the applicant’s need to consult the Library holdings. Where necessary, a letter of presentation will be required.
§3. On entering and leaving the Library, users must fill in the register.
§4. On entry to the Reading Room, users must show their pass to library staff.
§5.The membership pass lasts one year and is of two types: ordinary (for consulting printed matter from 1901 only) and special (for all other printed materials and manuscripts).

ART. 3 – CONSULTATION
§ 1.Pass holders are allowed direct access the printed materials in the Reading Room. Those who have to use the steps to reach books, should apply to the library staff. After consultation, volumes must be left on the tables, without replacing them on the shelves.
§2. Applications to consult other printed matter, incunabula, manuscripts and archival documents should be made to the library staff using the forms in the Reading Room.
§3. Each user may submit a maximum of four requests daily.
§4.The staff distribute the material requested from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The material must be returned by 4.45 p.m. All users must leave the reading room by 4.50 p.m.
§5.Those who wish to continue to consult the material on the following day, should tell the library staff. If the applicant fails to appear the following day, the material will be put away and a new application should be made.

ART. 4 – MANUSCRIPTS AND RARE BOOKS
§1. When material of this type is provided for consultation, the library staff will request the user’s ID, to be held until the material is returned.
§2. If the material being consulted is a manuscript or other fragile or valuable document, the use of white cotton gloves is required, which can be purchased at the library distribution counter.
§3. Some printed matter, incunabula, manuscripts and archival documents are available with reserve. The scholar who wishes to consult such material must submit a written application to the Library administration in justification.
§4. To consult drawings a reservation is required: this can be made by e-mail at booking.disegni@ambrosiana.it .

ART. 5 – MATERIALS PERMITTED IN THE READING ROOM
§1. Users may not enter the Reading Room with overcoats, cloaks, bags of any kind, umbrellas, beverages, foodstuffs or any other objects not necessary for reading. Only paper and writing materials are allowed.
§2. Complete silence must be observed in the Reading Room.
§3. Users may bring and use laptops.
§4. Mobile phones must be in silent mode and must not be left on the work desks. It is strictly prohibited to make or answer phone calls or use any other audio function.
§5. For the use of other instruments (Wood lamp, microfilm/microfiche reader, etc.) please contact library staff.

ART. 6 – REPRODUCTIONS
§1. It is forbidden to use one’s own equipment to take photos of printed works, incunabula, manuscripts, drawings or any other kind of material being consulted.
§ 2. Applications for reproductions must be submitted online by filling the image request form (click here)
§3. Photocopying of manuscript and printed material prior to 1950 is prohibited. For photocopies of printed material after 1950, please contact the staff.
§ 4. The Library Administration has the right to prohibit reproduction in any form of any material that might be damaged in the reproduction process.

ART. 7 – STUDIES OF MATERIALS IN THE LIBRARY
§1. Normally, scholars present the Library with publications concerning the materials studied. Except for cases agreed on with the Administration, the consultation of degree theses delivered to the library is understood to be allowed.

ART. 8 – SINGLE DISCIPLINARY RULE
The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana may suspend or prevent the renewal of the registration pass of any persons who, by their behaviour, have damaged the library material or caused a disturbance to the normal functioning of the Library itself.

WHAT’S ON

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

Pinacoteca

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

An itinerary through the treasures of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana curated by Federico Gallo and Stefano Martinelli Tempesta | Pinacoteca, rooms 2 and 3

25/04/2024-23/07/2024
Exhibition
MOLESKINE DETOUR

Pinacoteca

MOLESKINE DETOUR

From April 15, on the occasion of Design Week, the rooms of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana will host 'Moleskine Detour', an international exhibition promoted by Moleskine and the Moleskine Foundation.

15/04/2024-14/05/2024
Exhibition
Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Ambrosiana

Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Recovery of the functionality of the balconies of the Sala Federiciana, Borromeo and della Rosa through the installation of lifelines

01/03/2024
NEWS
Notice for the users of the Reading Room

Biblioteca

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Ambrosiana

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Every Saturday at 15.30 a guided tour of the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca, together with professional guides of our official partner AdArtem

01/04/2023-30/06/2024

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Armillary sphere, NA
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Daggers with sheath (eared sfondagiaco dagger), Milanese Gunsmiths
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
llias picta, NA
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli also known as Morazzone (1571-1626)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)