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.).

The Adoration with Saint Roch
Gian Pietro Rizzoli
detto Giampietrino
1520-1530
tempera and oil on panel
150 × 120
(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

THE PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA IS OPEN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Pinacoteca

THE PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA IS OPEN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1

On Monday, November 1, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is open from 10.00 to 18.00.

15/10/2021
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Signed the Agreement with Sharjah Book Authority

Ambrosiana

Signed the Agreement with Sharjah Book Authority

The primary objective of this partnership wants to be the common enhancement of the book heritage available in both libraries, studying innovative forms of accessibility to the precious historical collections and in particular to the ancient manuscripts in Arabic that the Ambrosiana Library has collected and preserved since the seventeenth century

28/09/2021
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NAPOLEON AT THE AMBROSIANA

Pinacoteca

NAPOLEON AT THE AMBROSIANA

A journey through representation in the Napoleonic era in Milan: a melting pot of tradition, propaganda and of change and continuity at the same time.

05/10/2021-23/01/2022
Exhibition
READING ROOM: <br>UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Ambrosiana

READING ROOM: UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Open from Sep 1, Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 13.00. Reservation mandatory.

30/08/2021
NEWS
PINACOTECA: UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Pinacoteca

PINACOTECA: UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Opening hours, booking and access procedures

29/07/2021
NEWS

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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