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Art & History

Guide to Poldi Pezzoli Museum

News > Art & History | Guide to Poldi Pezzoli Museum

The passion for art of a noble collector is now enclosed in one of the best art venues in Milan: the Poldi Pezzoli Museum has a charming story that begins in 1881, when, two years after the death of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, his home became a house museum and opens its doors to the public.

Each room is inspired by a specific style of the past and shows an extraordinary selection of works of art, making this museum one of the most original in Europe.

Here you can admire precious collections of paintings from the XIV to the XIX century, sculptures, weapons, clocks, porcelain, carpets, tapestries, furniture and jewelry while, unfortunately, most of the decorations was destroyed following the bombing of Milan in 1943 (however, the decorations are now visible in the pictures exhibited in every room).

Guide to Poldi Pezzoli Museum

Among the masterpieces of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, we mention three important works of art: “The Virgin and Child” by Andrea Mantegna, dated to the end of 1400, the “Portrait of Giovanni Francesco Brivio” by Vincenzo Foppa, dated to 1495 and “The Knight in Black” by Giovanni Battista Moroni, dated of the second half of XVI century.

The others main works are the paintings by artists such as Pollaiolo, Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Perugino, Hayez and Tiepolo.

The visitor of Poldi Pezzoli follows an “intimate” itinerary through the halls, because it seems to enter a private residence, a very different experience from a guided tour in a classic museum.
This house museum can be considered an “eclectic container” of different artistic languages in addition to painting and sculpture.

During the last century, for example, the collection has been enriched by important purchases and donations as the mechanical watches from the Bruno Falk collection and the sundials from the Piero Portaluppi collection.

Guide to Poldi Pezzoli Museum Guide to Poldi Pezzoli Museum

Periodically, at the Museum Poldi Pezzoli are organized interesting thematic exhibitions.
From 15th May and until 28th September you can visit one of the temporary exhibitions called “Under Leonardo’s influence. The splendour of the Sforza Court at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum”.

This exhibition highlights the importance of Lombard art between the end of XV and early XVI century.

Furthermore, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum has scheduled many initiatives related to temporary exhibitions: aperitifs, concerts and conferences, but also fun and educational workshops for children.

Poldi Pezzoli Museum

The Poldi Pezzoli is easy to reach as it is situated in Via Manzoni, in the heart of the Fashion District; the nearest metro station is Montenapoleone on Line 3.

For a relaxing break during the visit we suggest to go to the Pollaiolo Terrace, where you can access the cafeteria, open every day except Tuesday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For further information, visit the official website

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