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

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)

Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
llias picta, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
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)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)