Ambrosiana

THE COURTYARD OF THE GREAT SOULS
Intro

The “Courtyard of the Great Souls” has always been one of the places that most fascinate our visitors. For logistical reasons it is not possible to access it, but during the visit of the Pinacoteca you can admire it from above, from the loggias of the Galbiati wing.
We have therefore decided to start a new a series of videos dedicated to this fascinating place, so that you can appreciate it even more when you come back to visit us.
The courtyard was conceived by the prefect Giovanni Galbiati in 1932 and takes its name from verses 118-119 of canto IV of Hell, where Dante, in the limbo, is shown precisely the “great souls”, that is, the great poets, scientists and men of letters.
You can read Dante’s quote on the front wall of the courtyard, where you can also see what remains of a fresco by Aurelio Luini, son of the more famous Bernardino.
The prefect Galbiati wanted to gather here the statues of the “great spirits” of European culture, ancient and modern.
We find Plato, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Alessandro Manzoni, Chateaubriand, Goethe, Shakespeare. Then there are Sandor Petöfi, a Hungarian writer, poet and national hero; Romanian intellectual Dimitrie Cantemir and Theophrastus Paracelsus, representative of Swiss culture.
Curious to know more about each of these characters? Keep following us, in the coming weeks we will present you one great soul at a time!

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WHAT’S ON

FROM MAY THE PINACOTECA IS OPEN ON THURSDAYS UNTIL 22.00

Pinacoteca

FROM MAY THE PINACOTECA IS OPEN ON THURSDAYS UNTIL 22.00

Open 10.00 to 18.00 Tuesday to Sunday, on Thursdays until 22,00.

26/04/2022
NEWS
The Ambrosiana enters into the web3 with the project The Visi

Ambrosiana

The Ambrosiana enters into the web3 with the project The Visi

On the occasion of the 570th year of Leonardo da Vinci's birth, The Visi was born on the ethereum blockchain. The collection (pfp) is the result of a long study and dialogue with collectors, artists and art experts.

15/04/2022
NEWS
LIBRARY OPENING HOURS FROM APRIL 26

Biblioteca

LIBRARY OPENING HOURS FROM APRIL 26

From April 26, open Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 17.00. Reservation required.

07/04/2022
NEWS
MATTIOLI/CARAVAGGIO. THE LIGHTFUL FRUIT

Pinacoteca

MATTIOLI/CARAVAGGIO. THE LIGHTFUL FRUIT

The exhibition features twenty oil works by Carlo Mattioli, one of the Italian masters of twentieth century art, which interact with Caravaggio's Basket of Fruit

07/05/2022-03/07/2022
Exhibition