Ambrosiana

The Ambrosiana was, is and must remain a source of research, dialogue, knowledge, culture and spirituality, always in the spirit of the motto that Manzoni placed as the ideal seal on Federico Borromeo’s work: ‘A steady intent in the search for and practice of the best.’

Biblioteca

The Ambrosian Library, founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo on 1607 and inaugurated on 1609, was one of the earliest libraries to grant access to all who could read and write. It was conceived by its founder as a centre for study and culture.

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Pinacoteca

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in April 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings and statues to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which he had founded in 1607.

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Accademia

The Accademia purpose is to raise the Ambrosiana to the level of an Agora, a place devoted to fostering the dialogue between diverse peoples and heterogeneous
cultures, a crossroads between North and South, East and West.

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  • Opening hours: Tuesday 19/1/2021
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  • Piazza Pio XI, 2 Milan | t +39 02 806921
  • Hours: Tuesday 19/1/2021
    • Library: today we are closed, sorry
    • Pinacoteca: today we are closed, sorry

What’s on

The program of exhibitions, conferences and meetings of the Library, Pinacoteca and Ambrosiana Academy at your fingertips.

LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Biblioteca

LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Due to the health emergency, the Library is closed from January 18, 2021 until further notice.

19/01/2021
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PINACOTECA CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Pinacoteca

PINACOTECA CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

In compliance with the latest government provisions, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana remains closed to the public until further notice.

18/01/2021
NEWS
PINACOTECA CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Pinacoteca

PINACOTECA CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

In compliance with the latest government provisions, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana remains closed to the public until further notice.

18/01/2021
NEWS
LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Biblioteca

LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Due to the health emergency, the Library is closed from January 18, 2021 until further notice.

19/01/2021
NEWS

The other faces of the Ambrosiana

The most magical and ancient places of Milan: the ancient Forum where Constantine, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and Theodosius walked, and the lower Church of Santo Sepolcro, built by the Crusaders… as well as a colossal statue of St. Charles Borromeo on Lake Maggiore; a Museum-Home at the Sacro Monte of Varese; a Foundation dedicated to the promotion of young artists: this is also the Ambrosiana!
Discover the other institutions of the Ambrosiana

CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

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.

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LODOVICO POGLIAGHI MUSEUM-HOME

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

LODOVICO POGLIAGHI MUSEUM-HOME

Lodovico Pogliaghi was one of the most significant Lombard artists to live in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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THE COLOSSUS OF SAINT CHARLES IN ARONA

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

THE COLOSSUS OF SAINT CHARLES IN ARONA

The Colossus of Saint Charles in Arona, which popular tradition has affectionately dubbed San Carlone, was created in the seventeenth century at the behest of Federico Borromeo, archbishop of Milan and founder of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

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ROMAN FORUM

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

ROMAN FORUM

Between 1990 and 1992, archaeological excavations conducted underneath the ancient cellars of the Ambrosiana brought to light a portion of the pavement of the ancient Roman forum, the heart of Mediolanum's political, economic and religious life.

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MARCO MANTOVANI FOUNDATION

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

MARCO MANTOVANI FOUNDATION

The Marco Mantovani Foundation seeks to preserve and enhance the works of the sculptor Marco Mantovani, as evidence of the life of an artist dedicated to sculpture and art.

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ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
llias picta, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)