Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milan (MI)The Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera) is the main museum of Milan, and one of the most important in the world for its prestigious collections of ancient and modern painting. A large part of the collections stems from Napoleonic times, when churches and convents were “required” to cede their works of art to the government. As in Venice and Bologna, this art gallery had specific didactic purposes and was under the direction of the Fine Arts Academy.
Brera Art Gallery
The Brera Art Gallery is located in the Brera Palace, former convent of the Humiliati order from the 1300s. Other cultural institutions are also located here, such as the Library, the Astronomic Observatory, the Botanical Garden, the Lombard Institute of Sciences and Letters, and the Fine Arts Academy.
The Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera) is the main museum of Milan, and one of the most important in the world for its prestigious collections of ancient and modern painting. A large part of the collections stems from Napoleonic times, when churches and convents were “required” to cede their works of art to the government. As in Venice and Bologna, this art gallery had specific didactic purposes and was under the direction of the Fine Arts Academy. Within a few years, collections grew, allowing the exhibition of a series of portraits and self-portraits in four rooms of the first floor, as well as some works that later became symbols of the museum: The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, Virgin and Child by Giovanni Bellini, and a Crucifixion by Bramantino.
When Milan became capital of the Kingdom of Italy, some of the most important paintings appropriated by Napoleon in Italy came to the Brera. Most of them arrived from the Veneto, from the Sampieri Gallery in Bologna, and from the Quadreria Vescovile in Milan. In 1813, following a pact with the Louvre Museum, Brera received five paintings by Rubens, Jordaens, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt, to represent the Flemish school of the 17th century.
In 1882, the Brera became independent from the Fine Arts Academy. By the mid-1950s, the renovated museum had a contemporary character and by expanding to include the 18th century Citterio palace, the Art Gallery acquired new spaces.
The exceptional artistic collection is shown in 31 rooms on the first floor. Rooms are chronologically and geographically organized, by regional schools, as follows:
> Jesi Donation: 20th century painting and sculpture
> Micchirolo Chapel, 13th and 16th century Italian painting (Giovanni da Milano, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Gentile da Fabriano)
> 15th and 16th century Venetian painting and portraits (Mantegna, Bellini, Carpaccio, Lotto)
> 16th century Venetian painting (Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Savoldo)
> 14th and 16th century Lombard painting and frescoes (Foppa, Bramantino, i Campi, Bergognone, Luini)
> 15th and 16th century Ferrara and Emilia painting and polyptychs from the Marche region (Del Cossa, De Roberti, Crivelli, Correggio)
> Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Bramante and 15th and 16th century painting from central Italy (Signorelli, Bronzino)
> 17th century Central Italy painting, Caravaggio and followers (Carracci, Reni, Ribeira)
> 17th century Lombard, Flemish and Italian paintings (Procaccini, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt)
> 18th century Italian sacred painting, Venetian painting, and Italian genre painting (Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi, Crespi)
> 19th century Italian painting (Appiani, Hayez, Pellizza da Volpedo, Boccioni)
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from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 a.m to 7.15 p.m (last admission 6.30 p.m).
The museum is closed on Monday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.
Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1 day notice.
Once the visit is confirmed, you can not cancel or modify.
How to get there
tube: linea 2 (Lanza) - linea 3 (Montenapoleone)
Audio guides rental service
It is also possible to book the audio guide for the visit at the time of the order. It is an Audio system with earphones that explains, in the selected language, a series of masterpieces on display at the art gallery. It has a duration of about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The works described in the audio guide are indicated in the museum by a symbol and a number. Available languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish.