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: Thursday 11/8/2022
    • Biblioteca: today we are closed, sorry
    • Pinacoteca: today we are open 10.00-18.00
  • Piazza Pio XI, 2 Milano | t +39 02 806921
  • Hours: Thursday 11/8/2022
    • Biblioteca: today we are closed, sorry
    • Pinacoteca: today we are open 10.00-18.00

What’s on

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

LIBRARY READING ROOM: SUMMER CLOSURE

Biblioteca

LIBRARY READING ROOM: SUMMER CLOSURE

The reading room will be closed for the summer break from July 25, to August 31, 2022 included. It will reopen on September 1st, Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.50

16/07/2022
NEWS
HIDDEN AMBROSIANA. CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTION

Pinacoteca

HIDDEN AMBROSIANA. CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTION

Rooms 2 and 3, the exhibition is the first of a series dedicated to showing us what is not normally exhibited, for a wider enhancement of the Institution's assets.

07/07/2022-06/09/2022
Exhibition
NEW PINACOTECA OPENING HOURS FROM JULY 1

Pinacoteca

NEW PINACOTECA OPENING HOURS FROM JULY 1

From July 1: Monday to Sunday 10.00-18.00, Closed on Wednesday

09/06/2022
NEWS
NEW PINACOTECA OPENING HOURS FROM JULY 1

Pinacoteca

NEW PINACOTECA OPENING HOURS FROM JULY 1

From July 1: Monday to Sunday 10.00-18.00, Closed on Wednesday

09/06/2022
NEWS
HIDDEN AMBROSIANA. CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTION

Pinacoteca

HIDDEN AMBROSIANA. CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTION

Rooms 2 and 3, the exhibition is the first of a series dedicated to showing us what is not normally exhibited, for a wider enhancement of the Institution's assets.

07/07/2022-06/09/2022
Exhibition
LIBRARY READING ROOM: SUMMER CLOSURE

Biblioteca

LIBRARY READING ROOM: SUMMER CLOSURE

The reading room will be closed for the summer break from July 25, to August 31, 2022 included. It will reopen on September 1st, Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.50

16/07/2022
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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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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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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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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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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ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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