Ambrosiana

Church of San Sepolcro

The church of San Sepolcro was founded in 1030, when a Milanese moneyer named Rozzone built a church on the ancient Roman forum. Archbishop Ariberto d’Intimiano solemnly consecrated it to the Holy Trinity.

The upper church of San Sepolcro
Its thousand years of history is mingled with that of the Crusades. On 15 July 1100, after the reconquest of Jerusalem, the archbishop of Milan at the time, Anselmo IV da Bovisio, in memory of this extraordinary event, changed its dedication to the church of the Santo Sepolcro. This title was motivated by the presence in its subterranean level, ever since it was founded, of a copy of Christ’s sepulcher. Created by a master craftsman in the early 14th century, according to tradition, its interior contained soil brought by the Crusaders from Jerusalem and other relics of the holy places.
In the second half of the 16th century, the church was chosen by Saint Charles Borromeo as a privileged place of prayer. He undertook a complex renovation of the place of worship, which involved the construction of an urban sacro monte, consisting of 24 chapels devoted to scenes of the Passion.The project, from various causes, was never finished, though some groups were actually completed and can still be seen in the upper church: Jesus washing of the feet of the disciples, Jesus before Caiaphas, the Flagellation and the denial of Peter.
In the following centuries the church underwent various phases of renovation and restoration, which significantly altered its appearance. Even the façade was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century in Romanesque style considered more appropriate to the ancient medieval building.
In 1928, with the suppression of the parish of San Sepolcro, the church was annexed to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which still administers it.
Between 2008 and 2011 the complex of the upper church was the subject of an important restoration project by the Superintendency for the architectural and landscape heritage of Lombardy and directed by Pinin Brambilla Barcilon. This shed light on the complex historical and artistic events of which this place, described by Leonardo da Vinci as the “true center of Milan”, has been the protagonist for centuries.
 
 

 
 
The crypt of San Sepolcro

A profoundly sacred place, the crypt was chosen by St. Charles Borromeo as a personal place of prayer, to which he went every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. It was not uncommon to see him spend whole nights in what he himself called the “gymnasium of the Holy Spirit”, in adoration of the model of the tomb of Christ. For this reason, after his canonisation, a polychrome terracotta statue was placed here depicting the saint kneeling before the sarcophagus. The crypt also enables visitors view one of the most ancient remains of the city’s history. The paving, consisting of large slabs of white ‘Verona’ stone, comes in fact from the pavement of the ancient Roman forum dating from the 4th century, the main public space of the Roman civitas, where all the principal civil and religious activities were held.
The crypt reopened to the public after 50 years in 2016 and, thanks to the MIBAC, in 2018-2019 further restoration works were carried out, recovering the decorated surfaces and renewing the technical installations. On July 22 2019, it opened again to the public.
 
 

INFO

CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO
Piazza San Sepolcro
Milan, Italy

UPPER CHURCH
The upper church of San Sepolcro
is open for worship and visitors
at the following times:
Mon – Fri, 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Celebration of Holy Mass:
Mon-Fri, 12.45 a.m.

CRYPT
Currently the Crypt is open to the public only on certain occasions and in the following ways:

DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS FROM DECEMBER 26, 2022 TO JANUARY 8, 2023
CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TICKETS

Groups can also book outside the opening hours of the Crypt for groups of at least 10 people, provided the visit happens during the Pinacoteca’s opening hours (Monday to Sunday, 10.00-18.00, Wednesday closed). It is also possible to book for smaller groups, but by purchasing a guaranteed minimum of 10 tickets.

PRICES
GROUPS ONLY CRYPT
Adults € 6.00 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 2,50 + 1,00 presale

CRYPT + AMBROSIANA GROUPS
Adults € 15 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 6.50 + 1.00 presale

TO BOOK:
tel: +39 0292897721
email: ambrosiana@vivaticket.com
Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, excluding holidays

ACCESSIBILITY
The site is not accessible to people on wheelchair or with reduced mobility.

Free admission (Membership of the respective categories must be proven by a valid valid document / card.)
Free admissions for the categories listed below must be booked by writing to: contact@ambrosiana.it.
• Children under the age of 14 accompanied by a paying adult (maximum 5 children per adult).
• Authorised guides with registration card and teachers accompanying school groups (1 for every 10 students).
• Accredited journalists, specifying the reason for the visit (email: contatti@ambrosiana.it ).
• ICOM members
• 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.
For further information: contatti@ambrosiana.it

Church of San Sepolcro

INFO UTILI

CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO
Piazza San Sepolcro
Milan, Italy

UPPER CHURCH
The upper church of San Sepolcro
is open for worship and visitors
at the following times:
Mon – Fri, 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Celebration of Holy Mass:
Mon-Fri, 12.45 a.m.

CRYPT
Currently the Crypt is open to the public only on certain occasions and in the following ways:

DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS FROM DECEMBER 26, 2022 TO JANUARY 8, 2023
CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TICKETS

Groups can also book outside the opening hours of the Crypt for groups of at least 10 people, provided the visit happens during the Pinacoteca’s opening hours (Monday to Sunday, 10.00-18.00, Wednesday closed). It is also possible to book for smaller groups, but by purchasing a guaranteed minimum of 10 tickets.

PRICES
GROUPS ONLY CRYPT
Adults € 6.00 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 2,50 + 1,00 presale

CRYPT + AMBROSIANA GROUPS
Adults € 15 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 6.50 + 1.00 presale

TO BOOK:
tel: +39 0292897721
email: ambrosiana@vivaticket.com
Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, excluding holidays

ACCESSIBILITY
The site is not accessible to people on wheelchair or with reduced mobility.

Free admission (Membership of the respective categories must be proven by a valid valid document / card.)
Free admissions for the categories listed below must be booked by writing to: contact@ambrosiana.it.
• Children under the age of 14 accompanied by a paying adult (maximum 5 children per adult).
• Authorised guides with registration card and teachers accompanying school groups (1 for every 10 students).
• Accredited journalists, specifying the reason for the visit (email: contatti@ambrosiana.it ).
• ICOM members
• 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.
For further information: contatti@ambrosiana.it

WHAT’S ON

SAN SEPOLCRO CRYPT OPEN DURING WEEKENDS UNTIL APRIL 2

San Sepolcro

SAN SEPOLCRO CRYPT OPEN DURING WEEKENDS UNTIL APRIL 2

Crypt of San Sepolcro open until April 2 2023, every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 17.30 | last access 17.00

14/01/2023-02/04/2023
CRÈCHES AT THE AMBROSIANA<BR>FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE MUSEO DEL PRESEPIO OF DALMINE

Pinacoteca

CRÈCHES AT THE AMBROSIANA
FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE MUSEO DEL PRESEPIO OF DALMINE

From December 1st until the end of January, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana hosts a widespread exhibition of nativity scenes, coming from the Museo del Presepio of Dalmine

01/12/2022-31/01/2023
Exhibition
PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA AND THE DUOMO TOGETHER FOR MILAN

Ambrosiana

PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA AND THE DUOMO TOGETHER FOR MILAN

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano present a collaboration agreement that marks the beginning of a common path aimed at creating a network, for the enhancement of the heritage of faith and art that the two institutions have guarded for centuries.

28/10/2022
NEWS
JEWELS OF GIULIO MANFREDI CELEBRATE RAPHAEL <br> SCHOOL OF LIGHT

Ambrosiana

JEWELS OF GIULIO MANFREDI CELEBRATE RAPHAEL
SCHOOL OF LIGHT

An art installation consisting of twenty-one drawings for twenty-one refined jewels, corresponding to twenty-one characters from Raphael's cartoon. Curated by Alberto Rocca and Arnaldo Colasanti.

16/09/2022-31/01/2023

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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