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

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ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
llias picta, NA
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)