Ambrosiana

Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells

Jan Brueghel il Vecchio ‘Dei Velluti’ (1568-1625)
1606
oil on coppel
65 × 45 cm
(detail)

Guided visit | 90 MINUTI CIRCA |

NATURE AND LANDSCAPE: FROM LEONARDO TO THE 20th CENTURY

Through the rich collection in the Ambrosiana, our visit will retrace the whole development of nature painting through the centuries. We see how it progressively loses its allegorical-symbolic values ​​in the effort to represent reality and, later, as a field for pictorial-scientific experiments.

Already as part of the original core collection of the Ambrosiana Gallery, comprising the collection that Federico Borromeo endowed it with in 1618, an important place was devoted to paintings of natural subjects, mainly divided into landscapes and still lifes. These are significant for both the quantity and quality of the works.
Especially remarkable are the paintings by the Flemish artists Jan Brueghel and Paul Bril, whom the Cardinal knew well during his stays in Rome, and Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit. Federico Borromeo sought in vain for a companion piece that would be worthy of it.

<p><em>Basket of Fruit</em>, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), 1594-1598, oil on canvas, 62 × 47 cm</p>

Basket of Fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), 1594-1598, oil on canvas, 62 × 47 cm

The cardinal greatly admired Flemish still lifes and landscapes for the meticulous care they lavished on details, often in works of small dimensions. He described them in his famous “Musaeum”, seeing them as an allegory of God’s creative power. These works are still a feature of the Ambrosiana’s collections, and over the years it has acquired further works of this kind.
The guided tour leads the visitor on a journey into nature painting, from the airy landscape backgrounds by Marco d’Oggiono and the original, ragged landscapes by Bramantino, to the masterpiece by Caravaggio and the Flemish paintings of the 17th century, where landscapes and still lifes are affirmed as independent pictorial genres, until the bucolic 18th-century scenes by Francesco Londonio, the 19th-century works by Massimo D’Azeglio and Mosè Bianchi, and the Divisionist works of Gaetano Previati.

<p><em>Landscape with the Infant St. John</em>, Paul Bril (1554-1626), 1590-1599, oil on canvas, 86 × 131 cm</p>

Landscape with the Infant St. John, Paul Bril (1554-1626), 1590-1599, oil on canvas, 86 × 131 cm


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90 MINUTI CIRCA

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ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
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)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
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)
llias picta, NA
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)