Ambrosiana

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 at the behest of Federico Borromeo.

He planned to create a colossal statue, visible even from the lake, to pass on to the future the grandeur of Saint Charles Borromeo, his cousin and predecessor as Bishop of Milan, who died in 1584 and was canonised in 1610.

The statue, hollow and more than 23 metres high, rests on a 12-metre-high granite base. It was made to a design by Giovanni Battista Crespi, known as Cerano. It was then assembled out of large sheets of copper hammered and joined with nails and iron rods by the sculptors Siro Zanella of Pavia and Bernardo Falcoli of Lugano. The work was completed in 1698.

It is the world’s second-highest statue, after the Statue of Liberty in New York. Its surface area is no less than 500 square metres. It is possible to visit the inside, through stairs, up to a height of 28 metres.

Since 1624 the Ambrosiana, at the behest of the Federico Borromeo himself, administers the complex on the hill of Arona.

INFO

Piazzale San Carlo
28041 Arona Novara, Italia

tel. and fax+39 0322 249 669
statuasancarlo@ambrosiana.it
www.statuasancarlo.it

Ticket
Single ticket – terrace and statue:
euro 7,00
Single ticket – terrace only:
euro 4,50

SUMMER 2021 OPENING HOURS

MAY-JUNE
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9: 00-12: 30 and 14: 00-18: 15
On Sundays and on June 2 open all day 9: 00-18: 15

JULY
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:15
On Sundays: 9:00-18:15

AUGUST
From August 1 to 31:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:15
On Sundays: 9:00-18:15

UP TO SEMPTEMBER 15
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:15
On Sundays: 9:00-18:15

The opening hours of the following months will be published on this site as soon as possible
PLEASE,ALWAYS CHECK THE STATUE’S WEBSITE FOR COMPLETE AND UPDATED INFO ON OPENING TIMES, ADMISSION PROCEDURES AND COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Last admission 30 minutes before closing; minimum necessary visiting time: approximately 30 minutes.
ANIMALS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE GREEN AREA AND INSIDE THE STATUE.

The Colossus of Saint Charles in Arona

INFO UTILI

Piazzale San Carlo
28041 Arona Novara, Italia

tel. and fax+39 0322 249 669
statuasancarlo@ambrosiana.it
www.statuasancarlo.it

Ticket
Single ticket – terrace and statue:
euro 7,00
Single ticket – terrace only:
euro 4,50

SUMMER 2021 OPENING HOURS

MAY-JUNE
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9: 00-12: 30 and 14: 00-18: 15
On Sundays and on June 2 open all day 9: 00-18: 15

JULY
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:15
On Sundays: 9:00-18:15

AUGUST
From August 1 to 31:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:15
On Sundays: 9:00-18:15

UP TO SEMPTEMBER 15
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:15
On Sundays: 9:00-18:15

The opening hours of the following months will be published on this site as soon as possible
PLEASE,ALWAYS CHECK THE STATUE’S WEBSITE FOR COMPLETE AND UPDATED INFO ON OPENING TIMES, ADMISSION PROCEDURES AND COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Last admission 30 minutes before closing; minimum necessary visiting time: approximately 30 minutes.
ANIMALS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE GREEN AREA AND INSIDE THE STATUE.

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PINACOTECA: UPDATED OPENING HOURS

Opening hours, booking and access procedures

29/07/2021
NEWS
READING ROOM: SUMMER CLOSURE

Biblioteca

READING ROOM: SUMMER CLOSURE

From July 26 to August 31 the reading room is closed for the usual summer pause.

21/07/2021
NEWS
THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO OPENS AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC!

San Sepolcro

THE CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO OPENS AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC!

Every Sunday, from May 23, 2021

14/05/2021
NEWS
THE <em>DIVINE COMEDY</em> AT THE AMBROSIANA

Pinacoteca

THE DIVINE COMEDY AT THE AMBROSIANA

On the occasion of the celebrations for the seventh centenary of Dante Alighieri's death, the exhibition presents a precious selection of Divine Comedies from the Ambrosiana Library.

29/04/2021-12/09/2021
Exhibition

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

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