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 acquired by 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
Crypt of San Sepolcro
Entrance from the Sottofedericiana of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Piazza San Sepolcro, Milano
ATTENTION: THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

WHEN
STARTING FROM JANUARY 31
Tue – Fri, from 12.00 to 18.00
Saturday, Sunday and festive days from 10.00 to 18.00
Closed on December 25, January 1, Easter Day
Open on Easter Monday
Last Admission 17.30

TICKETS
[BUY TICKETS – INDIVIDUALS]

CRYPT ONLY
• Full: € 8,00
• Reduced: € 6,00*

CRYPT + AMBROSIANA
• Full: € 20,00
• Reduced: € 15,00*

In case of reservation an advance sale fee of € 1.50 per ticket will be applied

[*Under 18; Over 65; COOP Lombardia members; holders of card ChiarA2A; university students; MILANOCARD holders; ISIC card holders; Touring Club Members; FAI Members; visitors with a full Duomo Pass or full Duomo Fast-track, by showing the ticket]

Free Admission (Membership of the respective categories must be proved by a document/card currently valid.)
• 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

GROUPS AND GUIDED TOURS
Groups and guided tours
tel: +39 0292897721
email: ambrosiana@vivaticket.it
Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m., excluding holidays

GROUPS CRYPT ONLY
ADULTS € 6 + 1,50 advance sale
SCHOOLS € 2,50 + 1,00 advance sale

GROUPS CRYPT + AMBROSIANA
ADULTS € 15 + 1,50 advance sale
SCHOOLS € 6,50 + 1,00 advance sale

NURSERY SCHOOL GROUPS (UP TO 5 YEARS OLD): FREE

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
Crypt of San Sepolcro
Entrance from the Sottofedericiana of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Piazza San Sepolcro, Milano
ATTENTION: THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

WHEN
STARTING FROM JANUARY 31
Tue – Fri, from 12.00 to 18.00
Saturday, Sunday and festive days from 10.00 to 18.00
Closed on December 25, January 1, Easter Day
Open on Easter Monday
Last Admission 17.30

TICKETS
[BUY TICKETS – INDIVIDUALS]

CRYPT ONLY
• Full: € 8,00
• Reduced: € 6,00*

CRYPT + AMBROSIANA
• Full: € 20,00
• Reduced: € 15,00*

In case of reservation an advance sale fee of € 1.50 per ticket will be applied

[*Under 18; Over 65; COOP Lombardia members; holders of card ChiarA2A; university students; MILANOCARD holders; ISIC card holders; Touring Club Members; FAI Members; visitors with a full Duomo Pass or full Duomo Fast-track, by showing the ticket]

Free Admission (Membership of the respective categories must be proved by a document/card currently valid.)
• 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

GROUPS AND GUIDED TOURS
Groups and guided tours
tel: +39 0292897721
email: ambrosiana@vivaticket.it
Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m., excluding holidays

GROUPS CRYPT ONLY
ADULTS € 6 + 1,50 advance sale
SCHOOLS € 2,50 + 1,00 advance sale

GROUPS CRYPT + AMBROSIANA
ADULTS € 15 + 1,50 advance sale
SCHOOLS € 6,50 + 1,00 advance sale

NURSERY SCHOOL GROUPS (UP TO 5 YEARS OLD): FREE

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18/03/2020
NEWS

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
llias picta, NA
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)