Ambrosiana

Church of 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. Archbishop Ariberto d’Intimiano solemnly consecrated it to the Holy Trinity.

The upper church of San Sepolcro
Its thousand years of history is mingled with that of the Crusades. On 15 July 1100, after the reconquest of Jerusalem, the archbishop of Milan at the time, Anselmo IV da Bovisio, in memory of this extraordinary event, changed its dedication to the church of the Santo Sepolcro. This title was motivated by the presence in its subterranean level, ever since it was founded, of a copy of Christ’s sepulcher. Created by a master craftsman in the early 14th century, according to tradition, its interior contained soil brought by the Crusaders from Jerusalem and other relics of the holy places.
In the second half of the 16th century, the church was chosen by Saint Charles Borromeo as a privileged place of prayer. He undertook a complex renovation of the place of worship, which involved the construction of an urban sacro monte, consisting of 24 chapels devoted to scenes of the Passion.The project, from various causes, was never finished, though some groups were actually completed and can still be seen in the upper church: Jesus washing of the feet of the disciples, Jesus before Caiaphas, the Flagellation and the denial of Peter.
In the following centuries the church underwent various phases of renovation and restoration, which significantly altered its appearance. Even the façade was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century in Romanesque style considered more appropriate to the ancient medieval building.
In 1928, with the suppression of the parish of San Sepolcro, the church was annexed to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which still administers it.
Between 2008 and 2011 the complex of the upper church was the subject of an important restoration project by the Superintendency for the architectural and landscape heritage of Lombardy and directed by Pinin Brambilla Barcilon. This shed light on the complex historical and artistic events of which this place, described by Leonardo da Vinci as the “true center of Milan”, has been the protagonist for centuries.
 
 

 
 
The crypt of San Sepolcro

A profoundly sacred place, the crypt was chosen by St. Charles Borromeo as a personal place of prayer, to which he went every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. It was not uncommon to see him spend whole nights in what he himself called the “gymnasium of the Holy Spirit”, in adoration of the model of the tomb of Christ. For this reason, after his canonisation, a polychrome terracotta statue was placed here depicting the saint kneeling before the sarcophagus. The crypt also enables visitors view one of the most ancient remains of the city’s history. The paving, consisting of large slabs of white ‘Verona’ stone, comes in fact from the pavement of the ancient Roman forum dating from the 4th century, the main public space of the Roman civitas, where all the principal civil and religious activities were held.
The crypt reopened to the public after 50 years in 2016 and, thanks to the MIBAC, in 2018-2019 further restoration works were carried out, recovering the decorated surfaces and renewing the technical installations. On July 22 2019, it opened again to the public.
 
 

INFO

CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO
Piazza San Sepolcro
Milan, Italy

UPPER CHURCH
The upper church of San Sepolcro
is open for worship and visitors
at the following times:
Mon – Fri, 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Celebration of Holy Mass:
Mon-Fri, 12.45 a.m.

CRYPT
Open by reservation only during the opening hours of the Pinacoteca (Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00) for groups of at least 10 people. It is also possible to book for smaller groups, but by purchasing a guaranteed minimum of 10 tickets.

PRICES
GROUPS ONLY CRYPT
Adults € 6.00 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 2,50 + 1,00 presale

CRYPT + AMBROSIANA GROUPS
Adults € 15 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 6.50 + 1.00 presale

TO BOOK:
tel: +39 0292897721
email: ambrosiana@vivaticket.com
Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, excluding holidays

Free admission (Membership of the respective categories must be proven by a valid valid document / card.)
Free admissions for the categories listed below must be booked by writing to: contact@ambrosiana.it.
• Children under the age of 14 accompanied by a paying adult (maximum 5 children per adult).
• Authorised guides with registration card and teachers accompanying school groups (1 for every 10 students).
• Accredited journalists, specifying the reason for the visit (email: contatti@ambrosiana.it ).
• ICOM members
• There also exist special permits, for professional reasons and with the approval of the administration for: superintendents of the fine arts, public officials and scholars-researchers.
For further information: contatti@ambrosiana.it

Church of San Sepolcro

INFO UTILI

CHURCH OF SAN SEPOLCRO
Piazza San Sepolcro
Milan, Italy

UPPER CHURCH
The upper church of San Sepolcro
is open for worship and visitors
at the following times:
Mon – Fri, 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Celebration of Holy Mass:
Mon-Fri, 12.45 a.m.

CRYPT
Open by reservation only during the opening hours of the Pinacoteca (Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00) for groups of at least 10 people. It is also possible to book for smaller groups, but by purchasing a guaranteed minimum of 10 tickets.

PRICES
GROUPS ONLY CRYPT
Adults € 6.00 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 2,50 + 1,00 presale

CRYPT + AMBROSIANA GROUPS
Adults € 15 + 1,50 presale
Schools € 6.50 + 1.00 presale

TO BOOK:
tel: +39 0292897721
email: ambrosiana@vivaticket.com
Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, excluding holidays

Free admission (Membership of the respective categories must be proven by a valid valid document / card.)
Free admissions for the categories listed below must be booked by writing to: contact@ambrosiana.it.
• Children under the age of 14 accompanied by a paying adult (maximum 5 children per adult).
• Authorised guides with registration card and teachers accompanying school groups (1 for every 10 students).
• Accredited journalists, specifying the reason for the visit (email: contatti@ambrosiana.it ).
• ICOM members
• There also exist special permits, for professional reasons and with the approval of the administration for: superintendents of the fine arts, public officials and scholars-researchers.
For further information: contatti@ambrosiana.it

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

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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