At number 28 on Via Brera stands the Brera Palace built on the site of the 14th century Monastery of the Humiliated Monks.
Brera is one of the most fashionable districts in Milan, with narrow streets, flanked by artists' ateliers around Accademia delle Belle Arti, a beautiful Baroque building, housing the famous Pinacoteca di Brera.
Brera is one of Italy's outstanding collections of paintings from the Lombard and Venetian schools.
The museum was founded during the Napoleonic period, in 1803 and was opened to the public in 1805.
Among the most important works displayed here we can count: the "Wedding of the Virgin" by Raffaello, the "Madonna of the Egg" by Piero della Francesca, the "Dead Christ" by Mantegna and many others.
The Pinacota di Brera is having one of the most important art collections of Italy, with paintings of artirts of XII to XX century such as Rafael, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca and Caravaggio.
The gallery is housed in the baroque Palazzo Brera, erected on the site of a fourteenth-century convent, rebuilt by the Jesuists in the seventeenth century.
The ticket office closes 45 minutes before (exhibition rooms close 15 minutes before)
Standard rate: 5 Euro
From 13 october 2004 to 9 Jenuary 2005
standar rate: 8 Euro (including the visit of the exhibition "Fra Carnevale"
The Brera Art Gallery in north-east Milan is home to one of Italy's most important art collections. It is housed in a late 16th-century palazzo and has 31 rooms, filled with great works of art. Many masterpieces by leading Italian artists are exhibited here, including works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Mantegna. There are also regular events and temporary exhibitions
Pinacoteca di Brera is housed in a large palace from the 14th/15th centuries. It was built for the Jesuits who founded a school, a library and an observatory here. The original art collection at Brera was intended as study material for the students at Accademia di Belle Arti, which was founded in 1776. Many of the paintings came from closed churches and convents in northern Italy. Through the years the collection has been extended by donations and purchases.
The museum now houses one of the most important art collections in Italy, and many masterpieces can be seen in the 38 exhibition rooms. There are mostly paintings by Italian artists and they are arranged in chronological order and with rooms with paintings of different schools. Among others you will find paintings by Rafael, Mantegna, Caravaggio, Foppa and Bellini.
The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday between 8.30 - 19.15.
Admission was 10 Euro (February 2009).
After riding by here several times on my bicycle I got curious about what they were hiding under the white wrappings, so I went in and had a look at the big art museum called Pinacoteca di Brera.
This is not a Christo wrap-up event, by the way. As far as I can tell they are simply renovating the façade of the building.
The museum contains a huge and impressive collection of Italian paintings. It's open from 8:30 to 19:15 (last admission at 18:30) every day except Monday. (Also closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.)
Admission is 5 Euros for a full-price ticket, but there is a long list of people who get in for half-price or for free, including all citizens of the European Union or Switzerland who are under 18 or over 65. (As an American I don't really qualify for this, but they let me in anyway because I have a German pensioner's card.)
Second photo: In the courtyard of Pinacoteca di Brera.
Third and fourth photos: In the museum.
Fifth photo: One of the nice and unusual things about this museum is that on the ground floor there is a big art school, so in the courtyard you can see lots of young arty types lounging around on the stone pavement.
The first thing that will run through your thoughts is this: "What a lovely and big museum!".
This museum is indeed impressive.
If you're an art lover (like - ahem - me!), then head straight to the PINACOTECA BRERA or Academy of Fine Arts Milan. This Academy was founded in 1809 and is housed in the beautiful Palazzo Brera. It contains some of Italy's finest art treasures from the 15th century onwards. The most famous paintings are Raphael's "Marriage of the Virgin" and Mantegna's "The Dead Christ." The surroundings are elegant and refined as are many of the paintings including some of the finest works ever produced by artists such as Rembrandt, Van Dyck and El Greco. Please give yourself a few hours to go through all the different artworks. No point rushing just to prove to your friends back home that "I was here". ;-)
Er... for Gallery opening times and advice on how to purchase tickets, please check with your hotel concierge or refer to one of many reliable guidebooks on Milan.
"The Kiss" (1859) by Francesco Hayez seems to be the defining image of the gallery, although there are more famous works, notably by Caravaggio (Supper at Emmaus) and my favourtie is Mantegna's Dead Christ (1506)
Stunning courtyard entrance shows satue of Napoleon as a demigod.
Make sure you have 11 Euro for the Souvenir book - in a choice of languages.
Not as many places as Roma or Firenze for the art lover in Milano , but this is worth a leisurely all afternoon stroll - Tuesday to Sunday
PS We visited Valentine's Day 2006 - although not signposted anywhere, that I could see, couples were getting in for a single admission on the 14th only, a nice touch
The pinacoteca di Brera is the most famous museum of Milano. It includes famous paintings by great painters. It is forbidden to take photos inside, so I have photographed the poster. You can buy the guide of the museum with the reproductions of all the paintings exposed.
This is Milan's most prestigious art gallery, housing many famous paintings and sculptures. The exhibition space is a bit drab however, and will only appeal to the seriously arty. It is closed on Mondays.
One of the great art collections in the world and one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings, with religious art in particular amply represented.
Mantegna, Raphael, Caravaggio, Piero della Francesca are just a few of the artists represented in the collection, housed on the first floor of the Palazzo Brera, a former convent, Jesuit monastery, Observatory and library and finally, in the 18th century, the home of the Brera Academy situated on the ground floor of the building.
It's a wonderful collection but the sheer number of religious works can be draining - the Jesi collection of modern art (Braque, Modigliani, Marini etc) is a welcome relief to break it up.
Open Tues-Sunday, 8.30am-7.15pm
Entrance: 9 euros/6.50 concessions
Brera is one of the most exclusive and fashionable places in Milan, that has an atmosphere vaguely reminiscent of Paris, with its artists, open-air coffee shops and sophisticated boutiques - full of wares for the home and handmade dresses that seem to be creations of sculptors and not dressmakers. This area, that could be described as “luxury Bohemian” includes Via Brera, Via Solferino, Via Pontaccio, Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como. Alongside it there are many eighteenth century palaces including Palazzo Brera at number 28 Corso Como that houses the famous Pinacoteca.
PHOTO : PINACOTECA...THE BRERA ART GALLERY.
One kilometer North of Duomo, located The Brera Art Gallery where it displays a dazzling collections of mainly Italian art by Veronese, Guardi, Raphael ( I like very much ), Rembrandt, Goya ( Masterpeice, great idea) and few others. This gallary is one of the best known and most highly admired gallaries.
The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the best art galleries that I've been to - not that I've been to many.
I just happened to go there because it was part of the 1/2 day Milan city tour - next time I will go on my own and spend a day absorbing the wonderful paintings. There are audioguides on rent which will guide you along. I had the good fortune to have a guide explain some of the most famous paintings such as Mantegna's Dead Christ, Giovanni Bellini's Virgin and the Child, Canaletto's Bacino di San Marco and Francesco Hayez's The Kiss.
The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that they don't allow you to take any pictures - not even without a flash.
There is a nude statue of Napolean at the entrance of the Pinacoteca di Brera. Our guide remarked that even though the rather well-endowed body is photographed a lot from the front, Milanese ladies prefer the rear (this drew pools of laughter and embarassed giggles from all around)
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 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.