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

August 2020: guided tours to the Statue of Saint Charles in Arona

Colosso San Carlo

August 2020: Guided tours to the Statue of Saint Charles

Throughout August, every Sunday, you can visit the Statue of San Carlo with a licensed tourist guide.

03/08/2020
NEWS
PINACOTECA: <BR> OPENING HOURS FROM AUGUST 4

Pinacoteca

PINACOTECA: OPENING HOURS FROM AUGUST 4

Opening hours and access rules from August 4

28/07/2020
NEWS
SEPTEMBER 2020: <br>READING ROOM OPENING HOURS

Biblioteca

SEPTEMBER 2020: READING ROOM OPENING HOURS

Opening hours and access rules for the month of September

28/07/2020
NEWS
THE COPPOLA DONATION: A PAINTING BY MASSIMO D’AZEGLIO ENHANCES THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

Ambrosiana

THE COPPOLA DONATION: A PAINTING BY MASSIMO D'AZEGLIO ENHANCES THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

The work, a Landscape with a lake by Massimo d'Azeglio, is currently displayed in Room 19.

10/06/2020
NEWS
AUTOGRAPH WRITINGS BY FAMOUS WOMEN FROM THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

Ambrosiana

AUTOGRAPH WRITINGS BY FAMOUS WOMEN FROM THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

The exhibition shows a series of autograph documents of prominent women kept in the Ambrosiana.

30/05/2020-06/09/2020
Exhibition
ANATOMY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO LEONARDO DA VINCI

Ambrosiana

ANATOMY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO LEONARDO DA VINCI

The exhibition presents a selection of volumes that trace the history of medical studies from the beginning of the millennium to the time when Leonardo da Vinci was active, together with seven sheets of the Atlantic Code of anatomical subject.

30/05/2020-06/09/2020
Exhibition

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
llias picta, NA
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
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)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
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. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)