Ambrosiana

Diana the Huntress
Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
golden silver
altezza 39 cm
Precedente al restauro del 2013
(dettaglio)

Guided visit | 90 MINUTES ABOUT |

THE MUSEUM OF WONDERS: CURIOSITIES, ODDITIES AND MYSTERIES OF THE AMBROSIANA

This visit presents some relics and curiosities, well-known and less well-known, from Manfredo Settala’s Wunderkanmmer to the lock of Lucrezia Borgia’s hair, from spectacularly carved reliefs of Bambaia’s Monument of Gaston de Foix, to astrolabes and colures and the discovery of all those objects, works and bizarre oddities that make the Ambrosiana a true chamber of wonders.

Faces made out of the wing-cases of beetles, marble carvings that look like fluffy white lace, a frog sprawling on its back, potions… these are just some of the many curiosities and oddities hidden between the walls of the Ambrosiana. We will travel together through the history of the taste for wonderful and bizarre objects, which have fascinated people ever since ancient times and were showcased in the museum complex in which the Ambrosiana was built in the 17th century.

At left, Goblet made from a shell (Turbo marmoratus) in a case, early 17th century, Christoph Lencker (c. 1556-1613), silver gilt, emeralds and rubies, enamel; on the right, Armillary sphere, first half of the 17th century, silver-plated brass

The themes of wonder, strangeness, the unknown and the curious have been investigated in the history of art and culture both as poetic in themselves, and as a consequence of the new geographical conquests, the pomposity of the Baroque and the Scientific Revolution. On this visit, pseudoscience mingles with fantasy, with the urge to astonish overpowering the aesthetic appeal and surprise is the primary principle for stirring the interest of the world. Here the madness of artists is seen as part of their genius, on a complex and original tour that approaches art from a decidedly unusual point of view.


Guided visit


90 MINUTES ABOUT

WHAT’S ON

READING ROOM: <br>SEPTEMBER OPENING HOURS

Ambrosiana

READING ROOM: SEPTEMBER OPENING HOURS

Open from Sep 1, Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 13.00. Reservation mandatory.

30/08/2021
NEWS
PINACOTECA: UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Pinacoteca

PINACOTECA: UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Opening hours, booking and access procedures

29/07/2021
NEWS
THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO OPENS AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC!

San Sepolcro

THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO OPENS AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC!

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.

29/04/2021-03/10/2021
Exhibition

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli also known as Morazzone (1571-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Armillary sphere, NA
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
llias picta, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Daggers with sheath (eared sfondagiaco dagger), Milanese Gunsmiths
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)