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

ENVISIONING AND REPRESENTING AFRICA

Accademia

ENVISIONING AND REPRESENTING AFRICA

On 10 and 11 February, the VI Dies Academicus of the Class of African Studies will be held in the Sala delle Accademie of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

10/02/2023-11/02/2023
HIDDEN AMBROSIANA: CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTIONS

Pinacoteca

HIDDEN AMBROSIANA: CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTIONS

Rooms 2 and 3, the exhibition is the first in a series dedicated to showing us what is not normally displayed, for a wider enhancement of the Institution's heritage.

02/02/2023-02/05/2023
SAN SEPOLCRO CRYPT OPEN DURING WEEKENDS UNTIL APRIL 2

San Sepolcro

SAN SEPOLCRO CRYPT OPEN DURING WEEKENDS UNTIL APRIL 2

Crypt of San Sepolcro open until April 2 2023, every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 17.30 | last access 17.00

14/01/2023-02/04/2023
CRÈCHES AT THE AMBROSIANA<BR>FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE MUSEO DEL PRESEPIO OF DALMINE

Pinacoteca

CRÈCHES AT THE AMBROSIANA
FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE MUSEO DEL PRESEPIO OF DALMINE

From December 1st until the end of January, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana hosts a widespread exhibition of nativity scenes, coming from the Museo del Presepio of Dalmine

01/12/2022-31/01/2023
Exhibition
PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA AND THE DUOMO TOGETHER FOR MILAN

Ambrosiana

PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA AND THE DUOMO TOGETHER FOR MILAN

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano present a collaboration agreement that marks the beginning of a common path aimed at creating a network, for the enhancement of the heritage of faith and art that the two institutions have guarded for centuries.

28/10/2022
NEWS
JEWELS OF GIULIO MANFREDI CELEBRATE RAPHAEL <br> SCHOOL OF LIGHT

Ambrosiana

JEWELS OF GIULIO MANFREDI CELEBRATE RAPHAEL
SCHOOL OF LIGHT

An art installation consisting of twenty-one drawings for twenty-one refined jewels, corresponding to twenty-one characters from Raphael's cartoon. Curated by Alberto Rocca and Arnaldo Colasanti.

16/09/2022-31/01/2023
Exhibition