Ambrosiana

Who we are

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana was founded on 7 September 1607 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo. His was the original idea, consisting in the promotion of human and Christian values ​​through science and culture in the service of the Catholic Church.
Starting from this inspiration, the Ambrosiana’s purposes are the training of the clergy, religious and laity, as well as spreading Christian culture and interreligious and intercultural dialogue, pursued in particular through the preservation, custody and enhancement of its Cultural Heritage (manuscripts, printed works, artworks, etc.).

Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus)
foglio 4 recto.
Drawing of digging machine.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
(detail)

Who we are

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana was founded on 7 September 1607 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo. His was the original idea, consisting in the promotion of human and Christian values ​​through science and culture in the service of the Catholic Church.
Starting from this inspiration, the Ambrosiana’s purposes are the training of the clergy, religious and laity, as well as spreading Christian culture and interreligious and intercultural dialogue, pursued in particular through the preservation, custody and enhancement of its Cultural Heritage (manuscripts, printed works, artworks, etc.).

OUR MISSION

MORE THAN 400 YEARS SPENT PURSUING A TASK THAT IS STILL RELEVANT

OUR MISSION

“Promoting the love of the True and Beautiful for the good of the people, the Church and society.” The words of the Archbishop of Milan, who is the Patron of the Ambrosiana and ultimately responsible for it, express the task of this ancient institution, embodied in the cultural and social context of our own time.

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PINACOTECA

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in April 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings…

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BIBLIOTECA

The Ambrosian Library, founded on 1607, was one of the earliest libraries to grant access to all who could read and write…

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ACCADEMIA

The purpose of the Accademia is to raise the Ambrosiana to the level of an Agora, a place devoted to fostering the dialogue…

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THE THREE SOULS OF THE AMBROSIANA

AMBROSIANA

A treasure chest containing a Library, an Art Gallery and an Academy: three complementary bodies aimed at promoting a love for literature, the arts, science and beauty.

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NOT JUST A LIBRARY, ART GALLERY AND ACADEMY: THE AMBROSIANA IS SO MUCH MORE...

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!

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LODOVICO POGLIAGHI MUSEUM-HOME

Lodovico Pogliaghi (1857-1950) was one of the most significant Lombard artists to live in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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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.

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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…

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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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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.

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THE COLLEGE OF FELLOWS

PRIESTS DEVOTED TO STUDY, RESEARCH AND RECEPTION

THE COLLEGE OF FELLOWS

The brilliant intuition of Federico Borromeo – offering the Milanese a place dedicated to the growth of the person in the love of truth and the experience of beauty, drew from the start on the work of valid and enthusiastic collaborators. This led to the foundation of the Collegio dei Dottori (College of Fellows). Since 1607 it has guided the development of the Ambrosiana and preserved its existence and its inspirational values, giving a face, mind and heart to a place intended for an encounter between cultures and the people who embody them.

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HOW THE AMBROSIANA WORKS

ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANS

Federico Borromeo’s intuition underlies the division of tasks between the two governing bodies of the Ambrosiana: the cultural role of the College of Fellows is supported by the Congregation of Conservators, appointed to ensure the stability of its holdings and the Ambrosiana’s administrative life.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANS

WHAT’S ON

CONCERTO SERALE IN SALA FEDERICIANA E VISITA ALLA MOSTRA DEI PRESEPI

Ambrosiana

CONCERTO SERALE IN SALA FEDERICIANA E VISITA ALLA MOSTRA DEI PRESEPI

Il 17 dicembre alle 18,30 esclusivo concerto IN Sala Federiciana, seguito da una visita guidata alla mostra "Presepi all'Ambrosiana"

17/12/2022-17/12/2022
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
READING ROOM: OPENING TIMES DECEMBER 2022

Biblioteca

READING ROOM, OPENING TIMES DECEMBER 2022

Closed for holidays from December 7 to 11 and from December 27, 2022 to January 6, 2023 included

04/11/2022
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

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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