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

WHAT’S ON

Intorno a un codice 2020

Biblioteca

Intorno a un codice 2020

For Spring 2020 the Class of Latin and Greek studies organizes a cycle of three conferences entitled Intorno a un Codice. In each lecture, a scholar will present a particularly valuable Ambrosian codex, illustrating its features.

19/02/2020-18/03/2020
Leonardo da Vinci and his legacy.<br>The artists and the techniques

Pinacoteca

Leonardo da Vinci and his legacy.
The artists and the techniques

Extended until March 1, 2020!

17/09/2019-01/03/2020
Exhibition

ONLINE COLLECTION

(157 online artworks)

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