Ambrosiana

Angelo Pietrasanta, Portrait of Dante, detail
Oil on canvas

THE DIVINE COMEDY AT THE AMBROSIANA

From 29 April to 12 September 2021, on the occasion of the celebrations for the seventh centenary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan hosts the exhibition The Dive Comedy at the Ambrosiana.

The exhibition, curated by the College of Doctors of the Ambrosiana, presents a precious selection of Divine Comedies of the Library collections that covers a chronological period from the fourteenth to the twentieth century.

The exhibition itinerary ideally opens with the famous illuminated manuscript of the Divine Comedy – dating back to the end of the 14th century, known as Chiose Ambrosiane – stolen for its value by Napoleon in 1796 and then returned to Milan after the Congress of Vienna. At its side is on display the Commentary on the Comedy, from the fifteenth century, written by Pietro Alighieri, son of Dante, born from the marriage with Gemma Donati. In this Comment, the author aims at harmonizing Dante’s work with the masterpieces of classical literature and with the writings of the Fathers of the Church and the Scholastics.

Among the incunabula stands the precious edition of the Poem, made in Venice in 1491, with Comment by Cristoforo Landino, inside which there are 100 wood engravings attributed to Mantegna. Landino’s comment, which was widely distributed, had an exegetical function of the aimed especially at the glorification of the city of Florence.

In the section of the sixteenth century one can admire the famous print by Aldo Manuzio of 1502, edited by Bembo, bearing one of the first examples of italics, by Francesco Griffo from Bologna.
Among the eighteenth-century editions we note that of Antonio Zatta, of 1757-1758, dedicated to Elisabetta Petrowna empress of Russia and richly illustrated by excellent engravings, while for the nineteenth century, the very rare one of 1809, for the types of Luigi Mussi, with Bodonian type characters.

The exhibition ends with the sumptuous print of the Poem – Florence, all’Insegna dell’Ancora, 1817-1819 – dedicated to Antonio Canova, bearing 125 large woodcuts.

For the occasion – in front of the suggestive ‘Dante stained glass window’ made by Giuseppe Bertini in 1851 for the Universal Exhibition in London – a space will be set up dedicated to the vision of the tables of the Comedy prepared, over a period of twenty years (1919-1939), by Amos Nattini at the suggestion and invitation of Gabriele D’Annunzio.

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14/05/2021
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THE <em>DIVINE COMEDY</em> AT THE AMBROSIANA

Pinacoteca

THE DIVINE COMEDY AT THE AMBROSIANA

On the occasion of the celebrations for the seventh centenary of Dante Alighieri's death, the exhibition presents a precious selection of Divine Comedies from the Ambrosiana Library.

29/04/2021-12/09/2021
Exhibition
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25/04/2021
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10/04/2021
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ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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