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THE CODEX ATLANTICUS #2 | FROM FRANCESCO MELZI TO POMPEO LEONI

THE CODEX ATLANTICUS #2 | FROM FRANCESCO MELZI TO POMPEO LEONI

Second appointment with the History of the Codex Atlanticus: we follow the events of these precious drawings from Leonardo's death until the end of the sixteenth century ...

THE CODEX ATLANTICUS EP. 1

THE CODEX ATLANTICUS EP. 1

Today we begin a new series of videos devoted to the Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo da Vinci...

SAN SEPOLCRO
THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT #4

THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT #4

We are now on the opposite side of the crypt with respect to the frescoes previously presented with Christ on the cross...

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
SOME ASPECTS OF THE RAPHAEL CARTOON RESTORATION AND THE NEW DISPLAY CASE

SOME ASPECTS OF THE RAPHAEL CARTOON RESTORATION AND THE NEW DISPLAY CASE

As we can see, the Cartoon is really large: 8 x 3 meters, but it is actually made up of 220 sheets. It is therefore a monumental but also very fragile work, precisely because it is composed of different parts...

MASTERPIECES
THE RESTORATION OF THE TUPINAMBÁ CLOAK

THE RESTORATION OF THE TUPINAMBÁ CLOAK

Did you know that in the Ambrosiana there is even an artifact that was probably used by indigenous tribes of Brazil for cannibalic rites? ...

SAN SEPOLCRO
THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT #3

THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT #3

Frescoes were brought to light also at the entrance...

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS AND THE FRESCO

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS AND THE FRESCO

There are also differences between the cartoon and the fresco. First of all, we see that at the center the figure normally identified as “the Thinker” is missing...

MASTERPIECES
<em>THE WEDDING OF PELEUS AND THETIS</em><BR>FRANCESCO ALBANI

THE WEDDING OF PELEUS AND THETIS
FRANCESCO ALBANI

This painting has been variously interpreted, but currently, critics agree it represents the celebration of the wedding between Peleus, a Greek mythological figure, and the nymph Thetis...

MASTERPIECES
<em>THE MADONNA WITH CHILD WITHIN A GARLAND</em><BR>JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER

THE MADONNA WITH CHILD WITHIN A GARLAND
JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER

This Virgin with the Child in a wreath of flowers is a very important work, since it is the first version created by Brueghel on commission and inspiration from Federico Borromeo...

SAN SEPOLCRO
THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO #2

THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO #2

Even the vaults have been brought back to their original beauty and returned in the truly unique light that allowed to see the contrast with these floral decorations or stars...

SAN SEPOLCRO
THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO #1

THE FRESCOES OF THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO #1

Let's carry on, going into the underground church of San Sepolcro; we come to one of the frescoed walls. The restoration has made visible further wealth in the wealth...

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE PORTRAITS OF RAPHAEL’S CONTEMPORARIES IN THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS

THE PORTRAITS OF RAPHAEL’S CONTEMPORARIES IN THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS

Raphael chose to depict some characters with the appearance of well-known personalities of the time...

MASTERPIECES
<em>PAOLO AND FRANCESCA</em><br>MOSE’ BIANCHI

PAOLO AND FRANCESCA
MOSE’ BIANCHI

The painting, made by the artist around 1877, is a preparatory study for the fresco in the library of Villa Giovanelli in Lonigo, near Vicenza.

THE PALM OF FEDERICO BORROMEO
THE COPPER PALM TREE OF CARDINAL FEDERICO BORROMEO | LAST PART

THE COPPER PALM TREE OF CARDINAL FEDERICO BORROMEO | LAST PART

This particular and - I would say also precious - artifact remained confined in the crypt of San Sepolcro for decades and it was practically ignored.

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS, THE COMPOSITION OF THE SCENE

THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS, THE COMPOSITION OF THE SCENE

It is interesting to see how Raphael chose to depict the images of the Philosophy not in a stereotyped or fixed way but with a great dynamic of looks and gestures.

MASTERPIECES
<em>POTRAIT OF CLEMENT XIII</em><BR>ANTON RAPHAEL MENGS

POTRAIT OF CLEMENT XIII
ANTON RAPHAEL MENGS

Bohemian painter Anton Raphael Mengs painted three portraits of Pope Clement XIII. Born Carlo Rezzonico in 1693 to wealthy Venetian patricians, he was bishop of Padua, where he was so loved by people that he was called "The saint".

THE PALM OF FEDERICO BORROMEO
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE COPPER PALM-TREE MANUFACTURED AT BEHEST OF FEDERICO BORROMEO

THE SYMBOLISM OF THE COPPER PALM-TREE MANUFACTURED AT BEHEST OF FEDERICO BORROMEO

What is the meaning that Cardinal Federico wanted to give to this copper palm tree, located in the heart of the Ambrosiana Library? The palm, by its nature, has a polymorphic, very varied, symbolism...

SAN SEPOLCRO
THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO AND SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO

THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO AND SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO

After telling us about Leonardo's connection with the Crypt of San Sepolcro, today Monsignor Ballarini explains how this place was particularly important for San Carlo Borromeo, who used to gather here in prayer...

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS AND THE STANZA DELLA SEGNATURA

THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS AND THE STANZA DELLA SEGNATURA

Generally this is known as the Cartoon of the School of Athens, the fresco that is in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. Actually, at the beginning, this room was not thought up as the Stanza della Segnatura but it was to be the private library of Pope Julius II.

MASTERPIECES
<em>PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN</em><br>GIOVAN BATTISTA MORONI

PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
GIOVAN BATTISTA MORONI

Giovan Battista Moroni was one of the greatest portrait painters of the sixteenth century, as this beautiful painting shows. On the stone fragment at the bottom right, there is an inscription in Roman numerals, indicating the year when the painter finished this portrait: 1554.

SAN SEPOLCRO
THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO AND LEONARDO DA VINCI

THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO AND LEONARDO DA VINCI

Leonardo was certainly here and Leonardo drew the map, both of the upper and lower church, which are currently in Paris.

MASTERPIECES
<em>THE RESURRECTED CHRIST</em><br>MARCO BASAITI

THE RESURRECTED CHRIST
MARCO BASAITI

Nothing is triumphant in the Risen Lord painted by Marco Basaiti: although there are the typical iconographic elements of the resurrection - the white shroud, the crusade banne - the body of Jesus is idealized and barely shows the wounds of passion.

MASTERPIECES
<em>CRUCIFIXION</em><br>GUIDO RENI

CRUCIFIXION
GUIDO RENI

The body of Jesus stands out, pure and immaculate, against the world immersed in darkness. He is raising his gaze to heaven, before emitting his last breath.

MASTERPIECES
<em>CHRIST WASHES THE FEET OF THE APOSTLES</em><br>FLEMISH PAINTER

CHRIST WASHES THE FEET OF THE APOSTLES
FLEMISH PAINTER

In John's Gospel, the narration of the Last Supper begins with the scene of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. It is a gesture of humility that the Master makes so to be imitated, but it is also an action that anticipates the salvation brought by Jesus in the humiliation of the death of the cross

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE PRELIMINARY CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS | 5TH CENTENARY OF RAPHAEL’S DEATH

THE PRELIMINARY CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS | 5TH CENTENARY OF RAPHAEL’S DEATH

On the day of the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, we offer you a video made with some shots of April 6, 2019.

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE HISTORY OF THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS

THE HISTORY OF THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS

Msgr. Rocca retraces the main events that involved the artwork throughout the centuries, from its arrival in the Ambrosiana, up to the present day!

THE PALM OF FEDERICO BORROMEO
COPPER PALM TREE

COPPER PALM TREE

Msgr Navoni, deputy Prefect of the Ambrosiana, illustrates the copper palm tree created at the beginning of the 16th at the behest of Cardinal Borromeo.

MASTERPIECES
<em>ALLEGORY OF WATER</em>, JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER

ALLEGORY OF WATER, JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER

Sent by Brueghel to Cardinal Federico in 1614, the Allegory of Water is the third painting of the series of four elements to have been created.

SAN SEPOLCRO
THE ORIGINS OF THE CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO

THE ORIGINS OF THE CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO

The Prefect of Tthe Ambrosiana, Msgr. Ballarini, explains the origins of the Church of San Sepolcro.

SAN SEPOLCRO
CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO

CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO

Monsignor Ballarini, Prefect of Ambrosiana, tells us about the importance of the Church of San Sepolcro for the history of the Milanese church.

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE RAPHAEL CARTOON | EUCLIDES AND HIS DISCIPLES

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON | EUCLIDES AND HIS DISCIPLES

A group of people interested in geometry surrpunds the character who is drawing a figure with a compass: he is Euclides...

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE RAPHAEL CARTOON | PYTHAGORAS AND HIS DISCIPLES

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON | PYTHAGORAS AND HIS DISCIPLES

Pythagoras is writing: the board on which the numerical ratios underlying the sounds are shown is missing from the Cartoon, graphic representation of the harmonic ratios, together with the sacred tetractys (clearly visible instead in the fresco in the Vatican).

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE RAPHAEL CARTOON | THE PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHERS

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON | THE PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHERS

Among the Pythagoreans there is a figure dressed in white: erroneously indicated by some as Hypatia, he is a young man gifted with virtue and beauty...

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
ONE YEAR FROM THE INAGURATION OF THE ROOM OF THE RAPHAEL CARTOON

ONE YEAR FROM THE INAGURATION OF THE ROOM OF THE RAPHAEL CARTOON

A video dedicated to the Cartoon, in which we retrace (in pills) the process of restoration of the work and the reanovation of the room, up to the inauguration!

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
THE RAPHAEL CARTOON IS PLACED IN THE NEW DISPLAY CASE

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON IS PLACED IN THE NEW DISPLAY CASE

Exactly one year ago the completely renovated Room of the Raphael Cartoon reopened to the public, a special day for the Ambrosiana and for Milan!

THE RAPHAEL CARTOON
PRELIMINARY CARTOON FOR THE <em>SCHOOL OF ATHENS</em>, RAPHAEL

PRELIMINARY CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS, RAPHAEL

The Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Msgr. Alberto Rocca, who explains us what a preparatory cartoon is and, more precisely, a "well-finished Cartoon".

MASTERPIECES
<em>ALLEGORY OF FIRE</em>, JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER

ALLEGORY OF FIRE, JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER

An entire museum in a painting ... the "Allegory of Fire" that Jan Brueghel dei Velluti painted for Cardinal Borromeo is a work that never ceases to reveal new, surprising details, even to the most careful observer.

MASTERPIECES
THE REST ON THE FLIGHT TO EGYPT, JACOPO BASSANO

THE REST ON THE FLIGHT TO EGYPT, JACOPO BASSANO

Msgr Rocca, Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, comments the Rest on the flight into Egypt by Jacopo Bassano

WHAT’S ON

THE PROJECT “CODEX ATLANTICUS” WINS THE WEBBY AWARD

Ambrosiana

IL PROGETTO CODEX ATLANTICUS SI AGGIUDICA IL WEBBY AWARD

Il progetto "Codex Atlanticus" è stato premiato nella categoria "Data Visualization".

29/05/2020
NEWS
AUTOGRAPH WRITINGS BY FAMOUS WOMEN FROM THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

Ambrosiana

AUTOGRAPH WRITINGS BY FAMOUS WOMEN FROM THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

The exhibition shows a series of autograph documents of prominent women kept in the Ambrosiana.

30/05/2020-06/09/2020
Exhibition
ANATOMY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO LEONARDO DA VINCI

Ambrosiana

ANATOMY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO LEONARDO DA VINCI

The exhibition presents a selection of volumes that trace the history of medical studies from the beginning of the millennium to the time when Leonardo da Vinci was active, together with seven sheets of the Atlantic Code of anatomical subject.

30/05/2020-06/09/2020
Exhibition
THE PINACOTECA REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC!

Pinacoteca

THE PINACOTECA REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC!

The rooms of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana will reopen to the public on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May, Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 June 2020 at reduced prices. The crypt of San Sepolcro has been closed until a later date.

21/05/2020
NEWS
THE READING ROOM OF THE LIBRARY REOPENS

Biblioteca

THE READING ROOM OF THE LIBRARY REOPENS

Here access rules and procedures

21/05/2020
NEWS
THE STATUE OF SAINT CHARLES IN ARONA REOPENS

Ambrosiana

THE SAN CARLO STATUE IN ARONA OPENS AGAIN

The San Carlo Statue in Arona opens again on May 30 according to a precise calendar...

21/05/2020
NEWS