Ambrosiana Gallery in Milan

Museums and Galleries

The famous art gallery, created in 1618 by Archbishop Federrico Borromei, is famous for world art masterpieces and manuscripts that have come down to our days since the Middle Ages. 9 years before the creation of the Pinakothek, the archbishop assigned a place on the ground floor for a library, which collects rare valuable publications brought from Western Europe, Syria and Greece.

What to see in Ambrosian

IMPORTANT! The pale yellow building on the 2 floor with the sign “Bibliotheca Ambrosiana” is the back of the building. Going around it, you will notice a large black door, which is the entrance.

The modern gallery presents the rarest manuscript materials of the monastic order of St. Benedict and the library of Gian Vincentzo Pinelli.

There are 12 of manuscript materials by Leonardo da Vinci and more than 10 of thousands of paintings by 14-19 centuries and some works of Virgil, Aristotle, etc.

All masterpieces of art are stored in the 23 halls of the Ambrosian gallery, named after the saint, the patron saint of the city. The first floor is completely reserved for paintings, sketches and manuscript materials from the personal collection of the founder, and the second is occupied by exhibits that entered the collection after his death.

True connoisseurs of art will certainly appreciate the exhibits of the Ambrosian gallery in Milan, since it is here that you can enjoy the rarest masterpieces of different eras. So, in this picture gallery you can see the “Atlantic Codex” (Codex Atlanticus) by Leonardo da Vinci, which is a drawing material, drafts and observations of the great master, captured on large-format sheets.

The manuscript collection, which was kept by da Vinci throughout his life, initially included more than a thousand drawings, manuscripts and sketches that recorded the results of his scientific research from the 1478 year, when he still worked in his hometown in the vicinity of Florence, until the 1519 year, year his death in the small town of Amboise.

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The rarest collection contains the reasoning of a genius in the fields of mechanical, hydraulic, mathematical, astronomical sciences, various apparatuses and devices, and other important matters.

Immediately after the death of a genius, the collection of manuscripts was transferred to his follower Francesco Melzi, who ensured her safety throughout his life. Alas, in the future, buyers, craving for profit, dismantled it according to sketches.

In the 17th century, the sculptor Pompeo Leoni named the collection after the Codex Atlanticus. He pieced it together and named it after the large-format pages that look like a big album.

In the 18th century, the recreated handwritten document was kept in the Louvre, and then was moved to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan. Federican's Hall is a place where parts of the relic are put on display, replaced every 3 months.

Among the masterpieces of painting, which must be familiar with, are:

  1. “Fruit Basket” by Caravaggio;

  2. “Adoration of the Baby" by Domenico Ghirlandaio;

  3. “Adoration of the Magi” by Tiziano Vecellio;

  4. "Madonna under the canopy" Botticelli;
  5. as well as paintings by Rembrandt, Raphael, brothers Peter and Jan Bruegel, etc.

Disputes surrounding the painting “Portrait of a Musician” by Leonardo da Vinci do not subside. Many luminaries of science believe that a genius managed to capture only the head of a musician, and someone else painted his hands and musical signs.

Next to Da Vinci’s work is a “Woman Portrait” dedicated to one of the most beautiful Italian princesses, Beatrice D'Este, whose wedding ceremony with the Duke of Milan, Lodovico Sforza, was organized by Leonardo himself.

The gallery has a skilful copy of The Last Supper by da Vinci, which belongs to the artist Vespino.

There are also many busts and statues of famous artists. The gallery is usually not loaded with tourists, which allows you to slowly contemplate the masterpieces of art and have a good time.

How to get to the gallery

Address: Piazza Pius 11, 2, 20123, Ambrosiana, Milan.

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Trams No12, No14, No16, No27, No2 go to the destination. You need to land at the Orefici Cantu stop.

Purchase tickets

The gallery is open every day from 10.00 to 17.30, except Monday.
Annually, the gallery is closed on December 25, January 1, Easter Day and May 1.

IMPORTANT! One hour before the end of the working day, visitors are not allowed into the museum.

Tickets are purchased locally and cost € 15.
Students receive a discount.

Additional information you may need:

  • Photography and video shooting of the interior of the pinakothek is prohibited, but the ban does not apply to the courtyards and the gallery building itself.
  • There is no wardrobe in the gallery.


Excursions to the Ambrosian Pinacoteca, which last from about two to three hours, must be booked in advance. Russian-speaking individual guides will thoroughly tell you about the history of the art gallery and its masterpieces. The price of the tour does not include the ticket price.