The Madonna and Child
with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome

Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
tempera and oil on panel
145 × 110 cm

College of Fellows

Founded in 1604, before the Biblioteca Ambrosiana opened to the public, the College of Fellows (Collegio dei Dottori), presided over by the Prefect, is the body Federico Borromeo chose as responsible for the cultural life of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

Consisting of ecclesiastics chosen by the Archbishop of Milan, the Patron of the Ambrosiana, each member of the college specialises in one discipline corresponding to those represented in the library’s holdings (in keeping with the motto “singuli singula”: to each a single subject of study) and related to the areas of classical and modern literature, foreign languages ​​and cultures, theological and historical sciences, philosophy and the history of art, so qualifying them to preserve, research and increase the manuscript and print collections.
The fellows, in accordance with the method laid down by Federico himself, are required to conduct research, publish essays and articles and engage with the international scholarly debate. They also maintain frequent contacts with Italian and foreign academic institutions. The College of Fellows – in keeping with the rules concerning the activities of the Ambrosiana Library – promote and undertake scholarly and cultural activities, in particular guaranteeing the diligent custody and promotion of the cultural heritage and assets held by the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and ensuring the increase of its collections.


“5xLeonardo”<br>a single and discounted ticket to visit five Milanese museums


a single and discounted ticket to visit five Milanese museums

A joint ticketing project among 5 Milanese museums to mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci’s death and the “Milano Leonardo 500” event

L’oro invisibile,<br>12+1 opere preziose


L’oro invisibile,
12+1 opere preziose

The exhibition presents 12 + 1 precious works, dedicated to the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, conceived by Giulio Manfredi, one of the most internationally appreciated creative talents.

Il Raffaello dell'Ambrosiana. In principio il Cartone


Il Raffaello dell'Ambrosiana. In principio il Cartone

The restored masterpiece of the genius from Urbino in the new exhibition room designed by Studio Boeri Architetti.

The Genius experience. Leonardo and Warhol


The Genius experience. Leonardo and Warhol

To celebrate the fifth centenary of Leonardo’s death, the Crypt of Leonard hosts a great exhibition by Leonardo da Vinci and Andy Warhol.