Pinacoteca di Brera

Centuries of Beauty on Display

Milan Must-Do's Published on 10 October 2018

Antonio Canova’s Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker will welcome you to the courtyard of the Pinacoteca di Brera. The gallery contains a huge collection of local and international paintings. Specifically, you can find masterpieces by Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Raphael, Mantegna, and Bellini on display. Modern artists like Pellizza da Volpedo, Modigliani and Boccioni are also on display. Plus, the many concerts and temporary exhibitions will indeed add to your experience inside Palazzo Brera (Brera Palace).

Highlights at Pinacoteca di Brera

The Pinacoteca di Brera houses lots of styles and periods altogether. Major artworks really are the main attraction here. Caravaggio’s grim Supper at Emmaus challenges the balance and precision of Raphael’s The Marriage of the Virgin. Hayez’ The Kiss is a famous icon of fleeting romance. Similarly, Pellizza Da Volpedo’s Human Flood is forever entangled in the history of 20th-century politics. And symbolism and movement, lastly, come to life in Modigliani’s Enfant Gras and Boccioni’s Riot in the Gallery.

Time to Explore: 2-3 hours, depending on how avid an art fan you are!

Top Tips: Don’t miss the restoration lab, where you can watch restorers at work on paintings. Also, the temporary Amici di Brera Card is free after the first visit and grants free access for three months.

What’s Close? Porta Garibaldi, Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology, Teatro alla Scala, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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