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Visit the Brera
From Santa Maria delle Grazie we walked via the Foro Bonoparte to the Brera. Distances in Milan are sometimes longer than one thinks. This gallery is housed on the top floor of the Palazzo and the climb up the stairs can be long.
I find that now I always approach art galleries with definite objectives are one finds oneself wandering and taking nothing in. Here there can be no choice for it has Pierro della Francesca's painting of the Madonna & Child with saints that was intended to hang above the Duke's tomb in Urbino.
To reach it in Room 24 one passes through rooms with lesser and greater masterpieces like Mantegna's Dead Christ, which is shocking in its eerily deathly colouration and the perspective of Christ with the feet in the foreground.
The Piero seems, at first, dimly lit and dully coloured, but the eye takes time to adjust. The suspended egg, centre to the original composition takes, now, a position just a little lower than the upper third.
The coral around the Christ-child's neck is duller than in some reproductions as is the blue of John the Baptist's cloak.
The eyes are haunting, as they seem to stare away from contact with everyone (except one, who challengingly stares straight out). Even the Virgin's gaze is averted from the child, which looks set to tumble off her lap. Montefeltro kneels, praying, his hands bare but still wearing armour and his armoured gloves are by his knees, ready to pick up at any moment.
A beautiful picture.
Go to the Brera Museum.You'll...
Go to the Brera Museum.
You'll find one the best art collection you can find in the world. The musem is not very well configured and some rooms are too small for the paintings that contains, but it surely worth a visit.
Have a tour of Brera. A very...
Have a tour of Brera. A very romantic and exciting place in the heart of Milan.
In summer nights all the Brera alleys host a massive crowd of vendors, fortune tellers, walking and partying people.
Brera is, with Navigli area one of the most lively areas of Milan
It's a walking area where engines are prohibited.
Museum fans must go to the...
Museum fans must go to the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Impressive paintings collection.
Our favorites are Mantegna's 'Cristo morto'(Dead Christ) and Hayez's 'Bacio'(Kiss).
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