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


Guided visit


90 MINUTI CIRCA

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30/05/2019-26/09/2019
Presentation

ONLINE COLLECTION

(157 online artworks)

The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
llias picta, NA
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
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)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 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)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)