Our Director, Msgr Rocca, talks about the “bagatello” (small thing) that Brueghel presented to his mecenat, Cardinal Borromeo.
Exactly 449 years ago, Caravaggio was born in Milan. Let's celebrate this anniversary by talking (finally) about our Basket of fruit...
This video is about the reliefs for the sepulchral monument to Gaston de Foix by Bambaia, now scattered among several important museums around the world
Did you know that in the Ambrosiana there is even an artifact that was probably used by indigenous tribes of Brazil for cannibalic rites? ...
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...
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...
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.