Codex Atlanticus - Original Drawings by Leonardo

Codex Atlanticus - Original Drawings by Leonardo

Your Combo Ticket is valid for both venues exhibiting the world’s largest and most breathtaking collection of the master's works.

Span the genius of Leonardo!

See the original drawings of Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Code (Codex Atlanticus), the world’s largest and most breathtaking collection of the master's works. The Codex Atlanticus is housed at the Bramante Sacristy, a few steps away from Leonardo's Last Supper, and at the Ambrosiana Library, among masterpieces by other great artists such as Raphael, Botticelli, Titian, and Caravaggio.

Your Combo Ticket is valid for both exhibition venues - the Bramante Sacristy at Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, and the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

Visits take place on the same date, one in the morning (typically at 10:00am) and one in the afternoon (typically at 3:00pm).

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive one voucher for each museum: print them both as you will have to show them at each museum 15 minutes before each time confirmed.

Works on display in the Codex Atlanticus exhibition:

Ambrosiana Library:

  • Fruit Basket, Caravaggio
  • La Madonna del Padiglione, Botticelli
  • Adoration of the Magi, Titian
  • The Holy Family, Bernardino Luini
  • Study for The School of Athens, Raphael
  • The Musician, Leonardo da Vinci
  • Portrait of Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis
  • Fire and Water, Bruegel
  • The first official copy of the Last Supper, signed by Vespino, 1625
  • Exhibition of Codex Atlanticus pages by Leonardo da Vinci

Sacristy:

Exhibition of Codex Atlanticus pages by Leonardo da Vinci

HOURS & DIRECTIONS

Sacrestia Monumentale del Bramante

Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie

Entrance from Via Caradosso 1, Milan

Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 7:00pm

Entrance every 30 minutes

The museum is closed on January 1, Easter, May 1 and December 25.

Duration of the visit: about 20 minutes

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Piazza Pio XI 2, Milan

Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Entrance every 30 minutes

The museum is closed on January 1, Easter, May 1 and December 25.

Duration of the visit: about 1 hour

How to transfer between Bramante's Sacristy and Ambrosiana:

Tram 16: From stop “Orefici Cantù” between the Milano Cathedral and the Ambrosiana to stop “Magenta-Santa Maria delle Grazie” for the Last Supper and the Bramante Sacristy

Subway Red Line: Stop for Ambrosiana “Duomo” or “Cordusio” to stop “Cadorna” or “Conciliazione” for church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Last Supper and the Bramante Sacristy)

 

Bramante Sacristy Audio Guide

An audio guide is available to make the most of your visit.

Device: smartphone with NFC tag operation. The explanation is automatically activated when the phone is brought close, and you can choose to listen to all or a part of it, or to read the comment instead of listening to it.

Duration: about 40 minutes

Languages: English or Italian

 

Contents:

  • General introduction
  • Commentary about the interior of the Sacristy
  • Commentaries (read only) about the Atlantic Code pieces on display at the time of the visit

Ambrosiana Art Gallery Audio Guide

An audio guide is available to make the most of your visit.

Device: smartphone with NFC tag operation. The explanation is automatically activated approaching the phone, and you can choose to listen to all or a part of it, or to read the comment instead of listening to it.

Duration: about 2 hours

Languages: English or Italian

 

Contents:

  • General introduction
  • Introduction to each room
  • Commentaries (read only) about the Atlantic Code works on display at the time of the visit
  • 1 to 4 works per room, marked with special nfc tags, commented in detail

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Immediately after submitting your order, you will receive an email with your order summary and an email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Once confirmed, a visit CANNOT be modified nor canceled.

Milan - Symbol of the Renaissance

Fifteenth century Milan became the European capital of art and culture thanks to the Visconti and Sforza families, and to Ludovico il Moro. Exceptional artists such as Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci visited Milan, which became the heart of Renaissance art.

Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Bramante's Sacristy

The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was built from 1465 to 1482 by Guiniforte Solari. Starting in 1490 Ludovico il Moro ordered important architectural changes. He commissioned Bramante with building the new tribune, and Leonardo da Vinci with painting The Last Supper. Bramante enlarged the church with a great Renaissance tribune, adding the cloister and the new sacristy.

The cloister is formed by lateral arches that rest on columns with Renaissance capitals.The Sacristy is characterized by rigorous geometric design, complete with cornice moldings, frames, and tondi (round paintings). Beautiful cabinets cover the four walls. These were initially inlaid and then completed with paintings.

The Ambrosiana Library, Art Gallery and Academy:

A welcoming place for those "who love beauty and look for truth, moved by goodwill".

The Library

With close to 700,000 prints, including thousands of incunabula,15,000 manuscripts - in addition to the famous Codex Atlanticus - the Ambrosiana Library has two of the 10 most important manuscripts in the world in Italian, Latin, Greek, Arabian, Syriac, Ethiopian, and other languages. The library’s collection includes 12,000 drawings by artists such as Raphael, Pisanello, and Leonardo, plus other rarities such as ancient maps, music manuscripts, parchments and papyrus. The Ambrosiana Library collectionis one of the most important in the world.

The Art Gallery

Cardinal Federico Borromeo's 1618 donation of passionately collected works of art form the original core of the Art Gallery. The Cardinal created the gallery to contribute to the training of young artists for whom Borromeo was preparing an Academy for painting, sculpture, and architecture.

But the collection, composed in part of religious art and partly of works portraying nature, reveals that the goal of the founder went further: Cardinal Borromeo was devoted to cultivating the public's enjoyment of beauty, considered a central element necessary for the human and Christian growth of the Milanese people.

The New Leonardo Room

A new room is entirely dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's painting, The Musician, as well as paintings by Leonardo’s followers are preserved at the Ambrosiana, in the room that currently hosts the Luini fresco. It was specially restored for this occasion by Professoressa Pinin Brambilla, the famous restorer of the Last Supper.

A forgotten Meeting: Bramante and Leonardo in Milan

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana is proposing a special exhibition commemorating this almost forgotten meeting. The library does so with three goals in mind: to celebrate beauty, to recover a historic memory, and to reveal unknown masterpieces to the public.

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the Fondazione Cardinale Federico Borromeo, together with the Dominican Friars of Santa Maria delle Grazie, are exhibiting some pages of the Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo in the monumental and evocative Sacristy of Santa Maria delle Grazie by Bramante.

You are not only invited to visit Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper, but also to admire the drawings by the master and to experience the great collection of paintings and books of the Ambrosiana Library.

The Codex Atlanticus. Air, Water, Earth and Fire. History in Movement.

The Codex Atlanticus it is the largest and most breathtaking collection of papers by Leonardo da Vinci. The name comes from its impressive size, typical for an Atlas (650 x 440 mm). At the end of the 16th century, the sculptor Pompeo Leoni put the more than 1,700 texts and drawings by the master together in a large single volume of 402 pages. It was donated to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana together with 11 other manuscripts in 1637. Confiscated by Napoleon and taken to Paris, the Codex Atlanticus was later returned to its original home never to leave it again.

The collected material covers the whole intellectual life of Leonardo, spanning over 40 years, from 1478 to 1519. Represented here are:

  • Leonardo's contributions to mechanics, mathematics, history, botany, geography, physics, chemistry and architecture
  • The master's drawings of war devices, underwater and flying machines, tools, architecture and urban design projects
  • Theoretical and technical principles of painting, sculpture, optics and perspective
  • Fables, tales and philosophic meditations

Full Price Tickets

Reduced Price Tickets

  • People under 18 and over 65 years of age

  • Special agreement holders

  • University students with University I.D.

  • Family Discount: Accompanied by at least one adult with a full price ticket, children up to 14 years of age receive free admission to the Codex Atlanticus exhibition at both the Bramante Sacristy and the Ambrosiana Library. Maximum 5 children per each adult.

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