Ambrosian Pinacoteca and Library were founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo (1564–1631). Today that Pinacoteca is one of the best Art Galleries and fine arts museums of Milan and Italy. You will see there excellent collection of paintings and sculptures created by West European and Italian masters during the Middle Ages and renaissance. Name Ambrosian derives from the name of Saint Patron of Milan Saint Ambrose. Among master pieces of that Gallery you will see the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and his disciples.
In Ambrosiana Library you shall be able to see so-called Codex Atlanticus written by Leonardo da Vinci in mirror reflection.
My conclusion is – this is the great museum with outrageous rule forbidding visitors to take photos. According my personal rules I never come back to museums with such rules.
Visitors are not allowed to take even noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod, otherwise any photo is strictly prohibited.
Opening hours: From Tuesday through Sunday- from 10:00 to 18:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December
Admission 8 euros.
There are many art museums in Milan, and the one we picked for a visit was the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. It is housed in a wonderful building, and the collection is huge. Since 1932, the former church of San Sepolcro is also a part of the museum.
The museum was founded in 1618 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo. There are several famous pictures that I think many people will recognize, even if they are not very knowledgeable about the arts (yes, that includes myself), such as the "Basket of Fruit" by Caravaggio and the "Portrait of a Musician" by Leonardo da Vinci.
It is not allowed to take photographs in the museum.
A big part of the museum is still the original collection of Cardinal Borromeo, but there are many more collections: Italian and Lombard paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries, Dutch and German paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries, sculptures, 19th and 20th century Italian paintings, as well as the Aula Leonardo where the Musician is displayed and there is a huge copy of the Last Supper.
Another highlight is the Codex Atlanticus, a collection of manuscripts by Leonardo da Vinci. Some of these manuscripts are displayed in changing exhibitions in a special room, and it was amazing to see them. When we visited, there were manuscripts on many different aspects: Canal building, the flight of birds, the weather, architecture, and geometry. Seeing Leonardo da Vinci's scribbled notices makes you aware what it really meant to be a Renaissance man, to be an expert on so many subjects... Something that is not imaginable in today's world of expert knowledge. We spent a lot of time looking at the manuscripts, there are explanations about each one in Italian and English.
Opening times: Tuesday to sunday 10.00am to 06.00pm
Admission fee: 15€ adults, 10€ concession
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is not the largest museum in Milan, but it well worth visiting. The museum was founded by Cardinal Federico Borrmoeo and many of the best works of art in this museum are in the Borromeo Collection. Works by Da Vinic, Botticelli, Caravaggio and the cartoon of Raphael’s School of Athens are housed in this museum.
Open 10am-5:30 Tues-Sun
Raphael's 'School of Athens' work, as well as Da Vinci's 'Portrait of a Musician' can be found here. The art is mostly 15th adn 16th century work.