Ambrosiana

Revolving Neapolitan Crèche, detail

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.
On show, eleven crèches from all over the world: Neapolitan, Lombard, African, Burmese crèches made with the most diverse techniques.

Those made of paper, obtained from special “cutting sheets” mounted on rigid supports and arranged in a scene, were donated to the Dalmine Museum by a private collector and can all be dated between the end of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.

Among these, the reproduction of the crèche created by the artist Giuseppe Carsana in 1868 for the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows in Rho and the transposition in print of some characters of the famous “crèche of Gernetto” painted by Francesco Londonio, a painter widely represented in the Ambrosian collections, stand out. The exhibition aims to be a contribution to the rediscovery of the charm and enchantment of paper nativity scenes, widespread in Europe since the first half of the eighteenth century, which are a significant part of the Catholic tradition. It is an artistic and cultural heritage which in recent years has been re-evaluated by researchers and collectors, allowing the formation of collections of great value which include the most diverse types.

The revolving Neapolitan crèche is displayed in the Medusa room: a classic scenography in cork, the typical Neapolitan rock, houses this nativity teeming with characters. Next to the sacred scene of the Adoration of the Magi we find scenes of daily life such as the wonderful tavern with the set table. On the back a shepherd sleeps: it is Benino, a typical figure of the Neapolitan nativity scene that symbolizes the one who fell asleep in the old world and awakens in the new Christian world. Some ancient Neapolitan figures are also exhibited at the beginning of the exhibition tour. It is a Holy Family, two Moors with horses, the latter recalling the figures represented in the procession of Titian’s Adoration of the Magi, and three Magi of extraordinary workmanship, with finely modeled faces made of  terracotta and glass paste. The beards, the hair and even the wrinkles: every detail gives great expressiveness to these majestic characters. The dresses are in hand-sewn silk, decorated with golden trimmings and embroidery.

The Lombard plaster crèche, made in the twentieth century with molds and models from the nineteenth century, has come down to us in excellent condition, despite the very fragile material. The iconography of the characters is rich with figures in different attitudes and all finished with particular care, dressed in tunics according to the Lombard tradition of the plaster nativity scene.
The handcrafted production of plaster crèche figures in Lombardy was active from around 1700 to 1940 when, almost suddenly, it ceased due to the advent of plastic figures, which were less expensive and, above all, less fragile. The statues were made in the workshops using wooden casts. Painting and decoration was entrusted almost exclusively to women.

Of the two African nativity scenes, one is in carved rosewood, the other is in metal with beautiful figures of seated musicians playing. Finally, the Burmese crèche is in painted and gilded wood, a unique crèche that encompasses the West, in the message, and the East in the style.

On 17 December there will also be an exclusive Christmas event which includes a concert in the Sala Federiciana followed by a guided tour of the Crèches exhibition.

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Revolving Neapolitan creche

WHAT’S ON

PINACOTECA: OPENING HOURS FOR THE NEXT HOLIDAYS

Pinacoteca

PINACOTECA: OPENING HOURS FOR THE NEXT HOLIDAYS

Calendar of special openings/closures on the occasion of the upcoming holidays in December and January

02/12/2022
NEWS
CONCERTO SERALE IN SALA FEDERICIANA E VISITA ALLA MOSTRA DEI PRESEPI

Ambrosiana

CONCERTO SERALE IN SALA FEDERICIANA E VISITA ALLA MOSTRA DEI PRESEPI

Il 17 dicembre alle 18,30 esclusivo concerto IN Sala Federiciana, seguito da una visita guidata alla mostra "Presepi all'Ambrosiana"

17/12/2022-17/12/2022
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
READING ROOM: OPENING TIMES DECEMBER 2022

Biblioteca

READING ROOM, OPENING TIMES DECEMBER 2022

Closed for holidays from December 7 to 11 and from December 27, 2022 to January 6, 2023 included

04/11/2022
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
Exhibition

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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