Ambrosiana

Crocifissione (dettaglio) dal Ms E 18 inf., Messale Ambrosiano miniato da Salomone de’Grassi e collaboratori
Fine sec. XIV

MANUSCRIPTS ILLUMINATED IN ITALY FROM THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS
The 14th century

The exhibition, set up in the displaycases of rooms 2 and 3 of the Pinacoteca from September 8 to November 15, 2022, presents a selection of manuscripts decorated in the fourteenth century in Italy from the collections of the Ambrosiana Library, some of which attributed to renowned illuminators, such as the Bolognese Niccolò di Giacomo and the Lombard Anovelo da Imbonate.

The exhibition was born following the publication of the volume by Milvia Bollati and Marco Petoletti, Manoscritti miniati in Italia della Biblioteca Ambrosiana (fondo inferior) (Italian illuminated manuscripts of the Ambrosiana Library).

Among the manuscripts bearing works of Latin classics are the Tragedies of Seneca (C 96 inf.) illuminated by Niccolò di Giacomo da Bologna around 1385 with scenes showing the contents of the Tragedies, and the extraordinary Solinus (C 246 inf.), a unique volume in the panorama of the transmission of this compendium of mirabilia for the exceptional complexity and quality of its iconographic apparatus, with the representation of the monsters described by Solinus.
The ms. E 24 inf. contains the Encyclopaedia by Pliny the Elder and is signed by another illuminator, Pietro da Pavia, an Augustinian friar. The artist portrays himself at work in the capital letter of book XXXV, dedicated to ancient art, and dates his enterprise to 1389.

The series of fourteenth-century liturgical manuscripts is also prestigious: among the volumes on show there are, for example, the Missal of Roberto Visconti, archpriest of the Milan Cathedral. In his will of 1327 (C 170 inf.) he recalled among his assets this volume, which at the time was still being copied by Giovanni da Legnano. Another precious Ambrosian Missal (E 18 inf.), was instead illuminated by Salomone de ‘Grassi and collaborators at the end of the fourteenth century. Finally, there is also a Roman missal (G 300 inf.), probably made for an Augustinian community and decorated by Anovelo da Imbonate. Of the same author, only two other illuminated volumes for the cathedral of S. Tecla are known at the present stage of research. A special mention deserves the liber capituli of the Lombard Cistercian monastery of Morimondo, Martyrology and Rule of s. Benedict (H 186 inf.). It dates back to the mid-fourteenth century and is important also for the obituary additions to the martyrology, reporting the death of the main abbots.

Finally, there are masucripts which, although lacking an iconic decoration, feature a system of gold and ink filigrees of exceptional visual impact and great refinement: the important collection of music treatises, from Guido Aretino to Marchetto Padovano (D 5 inf .), perhaps destined for the Angevin court of Naples, and Boethius, De consolatione philosophiae (D 40 inf.), copied and illuminated in northern Italy in 1400 and later owned by Tommaso Tebaldi of Bologna, an important of fifteenth century Milan.

The exhibition is designed to let visitors appreciate the beauty of these treasures and discover that “mine of stories” that is hidden in every medieval manuscript.
The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Renata Cipriani, a distinguished scholar of art history, who has devoted careful attention to the almost complete examination of the Latin codices of the Ambrosiana with a keen eye on decoration.

WHAT’S ON

MOLESKINE DETOUR

Pinacoteca

MOLESKINE DETOUR

From April 15, on the occasion of Design Week, the rooms of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana will host 'Moleskine Detour', an international exhibition promoted by Moleskine and the Moleskine Foundation.

15/04/2024-14/05/2024
Exhibition
GAETANO PESCE<BR> NICE TO SEE YOU

Pinacoteca

GAETANO PESCE
NICE TO SEE YOU

From 19 to 23 April, on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile, the Ambrosiana will host the exhibition "Nice To See You" by Gaetano Pesce.

19/04/2024-23/04/2024
Exhibition
Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Ambrosiana

Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Recovery of the functionality of the balconies of the Sala Federiciana, Borromeo and della Rosa through the installation of lifelines

01/03/2024
NEWS
Notice for the users of the Reading Room

Biblioteca

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Ambrosiana

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Every Saturday at 15.30 a guided tour of the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca, together with professional guides of our official partner AdArtem

01/04/2023-30/06/2024

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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