Ambrosiana

Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original)
Leone Leoni
c. 1560
16th century sculpture
plaster cast
240 × 160 × 70 cm

Guided visit | |

SCULPTURES IN THE AMBROSIANA

A visit devoted to sculpture, through the rich collection in the Ambrosiana, including the Church of San Sepolcro.

Starting from the upper nave of the church of San Sepolcro, we will analyse some rare sculptural groups by the artist Agostino de’ Fondulis representing the Ecce Homo, the Last Supper and Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet, exquisite terracotta sculptures of a devotional character.
Entering the Pinacoteca, we will observe the casts of some important works, such as the reliefs of Trajan’s Column, the Hellenistic statue of the Laocoon, the head of the horse in the Equestrian Monument of Marcus Aurelius and the copy of the Vatican Pietà by Michelangelo Buonarroti, works associated with the teaching function that the Accademia Ambrosiana carried out from its foundation by Federico Borromeo.

At left, Reliefs from the sepulchral monument of Gaston de Foix, Agostino Busti, known as Bambaia (1483-1548), from 1516-1517, marble (detail: candelabra with military trophies and prisons); at right, Pietà, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), 1499, (16th-century copy), plaster cast, 174 × 180 × 85 cm

The funerary function of sculpture is clearly exemplified by the masterpiece of Agostino Busti, known as Bambaia, for the tomb of Gaston de Foix, a true work of marble intaglio in which the artist’s classical virtuosity attained an unequalled formal summit. Portraiture is well documented by some small but refined heads of Roman art, busts from the Peristyle and the Cortile degli Spiriti Magni.

Ascending to the level above, we come to some monumental sculptures donated to the Ambrosiana by the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and leading to the Sala delle Virtù, where two terracotta sculptural groups pay homage to the miniatures by Niccolò da Bologna in the Ambrosiana’s codex B42 present in the Library. We conclude our visit with the two self-portraits by the great neoclassicists, Canova and Thordvalsen.


Guided visit




WHAT’S ON

READING ROOM<br>UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Biblioteca

READING ROOM: UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Opening hours and access procedures

18/06/2021
NEWS
THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO OPENS AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC ON MAY 23!

San Sepolcro

THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO OPENS AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC ON MAY 23!

Every Sunday, from May 23, 2021

14/05/2021
NEWS
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
THE PINACOTECA OPENS AGAIN

Pinacoteca

THE PINACOTECA OPENS AGAIN

Opening hours, booking and access procedures from April 29

25/04/2021
NEWS

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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