Ambrosiana

FOR FAMILIES

60 minutes

For all Age

This tour for families with children takes just over an hour and, in addition to the essential masterpieces, includes a selection of works where nature and animals are particularly prominent.

Starting from Room 1 we will discover Titian’s Adoration of the Magi, with the splendid horse and the famous dog peeing right in the middle of the scene.
Then, look at the Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio. Can you spot the last little animal? “Little animal? But all I can see are figs, apples, peaches… Where’s the animal?” “Oh no, try harder! Look carefully: you can’t see it, but it’s there!”

SALA 1 | Adorazione dei Magi di Tiziano

In Room 2 we pause in front of the majestic altarpiece by Bergognone: what animal can you spot in the bottom left-hand corner and who is it next to?

SALA 2 | Sacra Conversazione del Bergognone

We continue to Room 3, where we are immediately struck by a huge frog lying at the feet an Angel in a painting by Bramantino. What is it doing there? Why is it sprawls on the ground?

SALA 3 | Madonna delle Torri di Bramantino

In Room 4, a wonderful painting by Bassano presents the Holy Family during the Rest on the Flight into Egypt, set in a scene of simple everyday rural life in the 16th-century. The silent companions of the figures are the donkey and the two dogs at the bottom right… But there is another small animal hiding in the picture. Can you see it?

SALA 4 | Riposo durante la fuga in Egitto, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano

After an unmissable visit to the newly restored Cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael with its new installation, we continue in Room 7, where nature explodes in a blaze of colours, details and… different kinds of animals!
Can you tell how many types of birds and fish are painted in Brueghel’s Allegory of Water, or see the small insects hidden in the Vases of Flowers? Finally, look at the smallest picture of all. Like Cardinal Federico, you will certainly agree that the mastery of a great artist can make even mice look enchanting!

SALA 7 | I fiamminghi

If you are still not tired, go up to the second floor, where you will see, in Room 14, a singular wedding procession. In it the nymph Thetis approaches her spouse Peleus in a sea coach driven by cute cherubs and drawn by two enchanting dolphins!

SALA 14 | Trionfo di Galatea, Ambito di Francesco Albani

After passing through the open gallery, in Room 17 you will see two very charming paintings, in which the Milanese painter Francesco Londonio enjoyed himself portraying goats, lambs, calves and oxen.

SALA 17 | Caprette e agnelli di Londonio

In the passage leading to Room 18, on the landing, a splendid sculpture depicts a Tiger Nursing its Cubs will transport you to exotic and distant lands. Now look at the gilt bronzes in Room 18. Among them you will see two very special centrepieces depicting hares and crustaceans very skilfully carved.

Then, go to the ground floor to immerse yourself in the Aula Leonardi. Here you can admire his Portrait of a Musician (which for some time was even raised to the rank of a Duke!) and the stylish Lady with the Pearl Hair Net!

Finally, in the Sala Federiciana, you can admire the drawings of Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus.

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WHAT’S ON

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

Pinacoteca

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

An itinerary through the treasures of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana curated by Federico Gallo and Stefano Martinelli Tempesta - Pinacoteca, rooms 2 and 3

25/04/2024-23/07/2024
Exhibition
Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Ambrosiana

Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Recovery of the functionality of the balconies of the Sala Federiciana, Borromeo and della Rosa through the installation of lifelines

01/03/2024
NEWS
Notice for the users of the Reading Room

Biblioteca

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Ambrosiana

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Guided tour of the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca, together with professional guides of our official partner AdArtem

01/04/2023-30/06/2024

The other faces of the Ambrosiana

The most magical and ancient places of Milan: the ancient Forum where Constantine, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and Theodosius walked, and the lower Church of Santo Sepolcro, built by the Crusaders… as well as a colossal statue of St. Charles Borromeo on Lake Maggiore; a Museum-Home at the Sacro Monte of Varese; a Foundation dedicated to the promotion of young artists: this is also the Ambrosiana!
Discover the other institutions of the Ambrosiana

MARCO MANTOVANI FOUNDATION

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

MARCO MANTOVANI FOUNDATION

The Marco Mantovani Foundation seeks to preserve and enhance the works of the sculptor Marco Mantovani, as evidence of the life of an artist dedicated to sculpture and art.

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THE COLOSSUS OF SAINT CHARLES IN ARONA

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

THE COLOSSUS OF SAINT CHARLES IN ARONA

The Colossus of Saint Charles in Arona, which popular tradition has affectionately dubbed San Carlone, was created in the seventeenth century at the behest of Federico Borromeo, archbishop of Milan and founder of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

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LODOVICO POGLIAGHI MUSEUM-HOME

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

LODOVICO POGLIAGHI MUSEUM-HOME

Lodovico Pogliaghi was one of the most significant Lombard artists to live in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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ROMAN FORUM

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

ROMAN FORUM

Between 1990 and 1992, archaeological excavations conducted underneath the ancient cellars of the Ambrosiana brought to light a portion of the pavement of the ancient Roman forum, the heart of Mediolanum's political, economic and religious life.

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CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO

THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS

CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO

The church of San Sepolcro was founded in 1030, when a Milanese moneyer named Rozzone built a church on the ancient Roman forum. Archbishop Ariberto d’Intimiano solemnly consecrated it to the Holy Trinity.

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ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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