2023 AD

Until June 13, 2023, the Crypt of San Sepolcro hosts the exhibition “Oliviero Rainaldi. 2023 AD”, an exhibition that summarizes the life of Christ in five episodes, birth, infancy, martyrdom, death and resurrection.

The five large works will be displayed in the mystical spaces of the Crypt. These are three oils on wood, a charcoal drawing on paper from the 2000s and a backlit marble sculpture made especially for the Crypt.

The site-specific sculpture is a tribute to the Holy Shroud of Turin, a reflection on the symbolic and practical importance of the use of the hands in the New and Old Testament and on the relationships between the relative and the absolute, between time and eternal, between death and resurrection.
The sculpture is a reinterpretation of the Sacred Shroud, made of white marble, backlit, with dimensions H 70 × 80 × 200 cm entitled “Sindone Ambrosiana”.
The image of the body is created by digging into the back of the surface, illuminated with special LED panels in order to highlight the body of Christ, which is thus composed of light.
The upper surface is perfectly smooth, except for the hands, which emerge from the surface protruding in a three-dimensional form.

From April 6 2023, on the occasion of the exhibition, the Crypt of San Sepolcro will be open to the public on the same days and times as the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: every day, except Wednesdays, from 10.00 to 18.00 (last admission 17.30).

<p>Oliviero Rainaldi<br />
Sindone Ambrosiana<br />
(c) Marco Petrucci<br />

Oliviero Rainaldi
Sindone Ambrosiana
(c) Marco Petrucci


Rainaldi was born in Caramanico Terme, Abruzzo, in 1956. From 1975 to 1978 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice with Emilio Vedova, graduating in the following years with Fabio Mauri at the Academy of Fine Arts in L’Aquila. Rainaldi made his debut with his first personal exhibition in Venice in 1976. His work is centered on the human figure, analyzed through the different languages ​​of drawing, graphics, painting and sculpture.

After starting with covertly narrative compositions, around the 1990s he switched to the representation of isolated figures, fixed through a linear sign in their ideal essentiality, in which bodies and fragments of bodies show subtle and underground connections with archaic and medieval cultures, as in the cycles of works Gisant, 1990, Baptisms of Humans, 1992, Caduti, 1993, Santo, 2000, Conversazioni, 2004, Vergine, 2006, Malebolge, 2007, Copia, 2010, Naiadi, 2012.

Over the years, Rainaldi’s work is linked to historical names and places outside the traditional exhibition spaces, creating works in dialogue with: Bernini, Complesso di Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, Dono del Mattino, Rome, 2000, Vanvitelli, Sala dell’Avvocatura generale dello Stato, Rome, 2012, Bramante, Tempietto, Nada y Todo, Rome, 2014, Caravaggio, Pio Monte della Misericordia Church, The Eight Works of Mercy, Naples 2018.

Among the most important personal exhibitions: Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, 2003, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, 2006, Gardens of Villa Aldombrandini, 2010, Rome. In 2011 the same exhibition moved to the National Museum of Villa Pisani, Venice and in 2013, on the occasion of the 55th Venice Biennale, a guest of the Venice International University on the island of San Servolo. This series of exhibitions, between 2015 and 2016 continued in Asia at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Petronas Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and finally in the Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery, Singapore.

In 2017 in Dubai, the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center) invited him to exhibit with a double solo exhibition of outdoor sculptures that Rainaldi shared with Sir Tony Craig; In 2020 he exhibited at Villa Bertelli, Forte dei Marmi, Versi a selection of drawings, paintings and sculptures that retraced thirty years of his artistic research. At the end of the 1990s Rainaldi deepened his personal interest in the relationship between Art and Liturgy following the two-year study period at the Sant’Anselmo Theological Institute and the three-year studies of Theology for lay people in Rome: he was later entrusted with various ecclesiastical commissions for which he would create the liturgical furnishings of churches in Rome, Terni, Prato and Warsaw. During the Jubilee of 2000, he was awarded by John Paul II the title of Academic of the Pontifical Academy of Fine Arts and Letters of the Virtuosi of the Pantheon.

In 2010 he received the European Personality award in the Campidoglio in Rome, in 2015 the Brand Personality Award from the Asia Pacific Brand Foundation and in 2017, in the Italian Senate, the Franco Cuomo International Award.

In 2015, the Maserati group, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company, commissioned him Neptune in the wind, a large backlit marble bas-relief. In 2016 he was appointed academician by the University of Roma Tre.

Over the years he has created works for the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation of Europe, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the portrait of the Queen of Malaysia, various monumental works for Grimaldi Group, in 2011 the sculpture dedicated to John Paul II in Piazza dei Cinquecento in Rome, in 2020 the work Infinito Campari for the company headquarters in Sesto San Giovanni. In 2021 Flammarion, a permanent installation in Turin for Italgas.

His works are present in the permanent collections of national and international public institutions including: Human Baptisms, seat of the Nobel Prize, Town Hall, Stockholm, 1995; Human Baptisms, UN Building, Geneva, 1998; Virgin, Collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome; Santo, Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican City, 2012; Fallen, Soumaya Foundation, Mexico City, 2011.





Annual international conference of the Society of Friends of Port-Royal is held, October 13-14 2023, Sala delle Accademie E.R. Galbiati.




An exhibition that aims at reconstructing the "considerable collection of books” belonging to Don Ferrante, which Alessandro Manzoni describes in the Promessi Sposi (The Bethroted).




The combo ticket Duomo + Ambrosiana is available in a new version which includes also the Ascent on foot to the Duomo terraces and access to the San Sepolcro Crypt.




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




On Sunday October 1 and Monday October 2, free admission for all grandparents with their grandchildren



(158 online artworks)

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