• Art & Culture
    • Leonardo 500

Ambrosian Picture Gallery

It houses the largest collection of Leonardo's sheets, the Codex Atlanticus, exhibited thanks to temporary thematic exhibitions

Where
piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano
Contacts
+39 02 806921
Official site

The Ambrosian Picture Gallery, named after the city's patron saint and originally created as a centre for study and culture, was founded in 1609 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo and inaugurated on 6 December of the same year. It was the first library in Europe to open to the public.

The library's collection was expanded through donations submitted by religious institutions and contributions from private collections. Today it possesses over 800,000 books (including 2,500 incunabula) and more than 35,000 manuscripts.

The Ambrosian Art Gallery is housed in the same building as the famous Ambrosian Library. It was founded by Federico Borromeo in 1621 to stand alongside the existing library, and was initially founded as a painting and sculpting academy.

The building was enlarged and transformed in various eras; the final arrangement of the architectural structures and the complete reorganisation of the new rooms were completed in 1966.

In the Gallery you can find works from the collection of Leonardo, Botticelli, Bramantino, Bergognone, Bernardino Luini, Titian, Jacopo Bassano, Moretto , Savoldo, Giovan Paolo Lomazzo, Caravaggio, Jan Brueghel, Cerano, Morazzone, Daniele Crespi, Anton Raphael Mengs and Andrea Appiani.

Interesting from a historical point of view is the production of copies of famous paintings, promoted by Federico Borromeo for educational and documentation purposes, such as the replica of the Last Supper by Leonardo, which was in extremely poor condition in the 17th century.

Take me here: Ambrosian Picture Gallery

Places

Museo Mangini Bonomi

Housed in an elegant Milanese building, the museum exhibits an extensive collection organized in 40 sections
  • Art & Culture
Museo Mangini Bonomi, Musei Milano
32 mt

Roman Theatre of Milan

Discover the Roman Theatre of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Roman Theatre of Milan
298 mt

Museo del Novecento

A permanent collection of XXth century artwork inside Palazzo Arengario only a few steps away from the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
  • Art & Culture
Museo del Novecento
320 mt

Duomo of Milan

  • Religious Tourism
Duomo of Milan
368 mt

Vittorio Emanuele Gallery

  • Lifestyle
Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, inspiring monuments
370 mt

Royal Palace

Palazzo Reale is one of Milan’s most famous landmarks, the link between the city’s illustrious past and its innovative present.
  • Art & Culture
Royal Palace
399 mt

Duomo Museum

With 26 rooms, the Museum covers an area of 2000 square meters including sculptures, paintings, tapestries, terracottas
  • Art & Culture
Duomo Museum, outstanding museums
422 mt

La Scala Theatre Museum

  • Art & Culture
La Scala Theatre Museum
440 mt

Teatro alla Scala

One of the most famous international opera temples, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan enchants the world with opera, concerts and ballets.
  • Art & Culture
Teatro alla Scala
478 mt

Church of San Maurizio

In the heart of Milan, is defined the Sistine Chapel of Lombardy. Completely frescoed leaves you breathless
  • Religious Tourism
Church of San Maurizio
597 mt

Casa Manzoni

It's one of those places where time seems to stand still: you can still breathe the romantic air in which the great writer lived
  • Art & Culture
Casa Manzoni, museum in Milan
655 mt

San Lorenzo Basilica

Majestic, it is preceded by 16 Roman columns, with Corinthian capitals, which delimit one side of the late-antique portico
  • Religious Tourism
San Lorenzo Basilica
693 mt

Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo

  • Lifestyle
Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo
717 mt

Columns of San Lorenzo

A space in the city where time seems to have stopped: just beyond the Porta Ticinese, one of the most evocative views of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Colums of San Lorenzo
724 mt

Brera Botanical Gardens

A romantic green oasis in the center of Milan. The flower beds are home to some of the richest collections of species in our flora
  • Active & Green
Brera Botanical Gardens
818 mt

Poldi Pezzoli Museum

An elegant 19th-century aristocratic residence, displaying the private collection of its former owner
  • Art & Culture
Poldi Pezzoli Museum
827 mt

Sant'Ambrogio Basilica

One of the symbols of the city of Milan, is dedicated to its patron saint, whose feast is celebrated every year on December 7th
  • Religious Tourism
Sant'Ambrogio Basilica, a monumental landmark
835 mt

Needle, Thread and Knot

  • Art & Culture
Needle, Thread and Knot in Piazzale Cadorna
849 mt

Milano, the Fashion district

The Fashion District, an area in the heart of Milan, bordered by Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga, Corso Venezia and Via Montenapoleone
  • Lifestyle
Milano, the Fashion district
875 mt

Sforza Castle

Social life in Milan has always revolved around the Sforza Castle, a symbol of the city’s renowned industriousness and its love of beauty
  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle
915 mt

Events

Leonardo and his School in the Ambrosiana’s collections

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Piazza Pio XI 2, Milano
01/12/2018 - 31/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Mappa della Città di Milano - Leonardo da Vinci
38 mt

The wonderful world of nature before and after Leonardo

Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo 12, Milano
05/03/2019 - 07/07/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Il meraviglioso mondo della natura
432 mt

Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ for Francis I: a masterpiece of silk and silver

Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo 12, Milano
07/10/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
La cena di Leonardo per Francesco I
432 mt

Romanticism

Gallerie d’Italia
Piazza della Scala, 6, Milano
26/10/2018 - 17/03/2019
  • Art & Culture
Romanticismo
520 mt

Leonardo and the Sala delle Asse converging nature, art and science

Museo di Arte Antica, Sala dei Ducali - Cappella Ducale
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
16/05/2019 - 18/08/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Madonna col bambino
920 mt

Virtual Museum of Leonardo’s Milan

Museo di Arte Antica, Sala delle Armi
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
02/05/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Milano Leonardo
920 mt

Extraordinary opening of Sala delle Asse

Museo di Arte Antica, Sala delle Asse
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
02/05/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Sala della Asse
920 mt

Being Leonardo da Vinci. An impossible interview

Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato
Via Rivoli, 6, Milano
02/05/2019 - 05/05/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Intervista Leonardo
1.04 km

The Last Supper after Leonardo

Fondazione Stelline
Corso Magenta 61, Milano
01/04/2019 - 30/06/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Wang Guangyi_The Last Supper
1.12 km

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore, 21, Milano
19/07/2018 - 13/10/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Leonardo da Vinci Parade
1.18 km

Gaffurio and the Maestros of the Chapel in the Duomo di Milano at Leonardo’s time

Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milano
17/06/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Organo Leonardo
1.68 km

The art of Banksy. A visual protest

Mudec
Via Tortona, 56, Milano
21/11/2018 - 14/04/2019
  • Art & Culture
MUDEC Banksy
2.34 km

Leonardo’s Horse

Ippodromo di San Siro SNAI, Milano
01/05/2019 - 30/11/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Cavallo di Leonardo
4.93 km

TEATRO MANZONI -2018/2019 SEASON

Teatro Manzoni
Via Manzoni, 23
15/11/2018 - 07/04/2019
  • Art & Culture
TEATRO MANZONI -2018/2019 SEASON
14.85 km

Activities

Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour
33 mt

Highlights and hidden gems of Milan tour with a local

  • Art & Culture
Highlights and hidden gems of Milan tour with a local
94 mt

Personal Shopper Experience in Milan

  • Lifestyle
Personal Shopper Experience in Milan
168 mt

Navigli guided tour with canal cruise

  • Art & Culture
Navigli guided tour with canal cruise
186 mt

Plein-air painting experience on lake Como with wine tasting

  • Art & Culture
Plein-air painting experience on lake Como with wine tasting
191 mt

Private skip-the-line Duomo tour with professional guide

  • Art & Culture
Private skip-the-line Duomo tour with professional guide
230 mt

Best of Milan by night with rooftop aperitivo

  • Art & Culture
Best of Milan by night with rooftop aperitivo
230 mt

Private last minute guided tour of the Duomo Cathedral with skip-the-line tickets

  • Art & Culture
Private last minute guided tour of the Duomo Cathedral with skip-the-line tickets
257 mt

Best of Milan rickshaw experience

  • Art & Culture
Best of Milan rickshaw experience
304 mt

Direct access to Milan Duomo Cathedral + Rooftop Guided Tour

  • Art & Culture
Direct access to Milan Duomo Cathedral + Rooftop Guided Tour
304 mt

The hidden treasures Milan's Duomo

  • Art & Culture
The hidden treasures Milan's Duomo
312 mt

Rooftop drinks at the Highline Galleria vineyard

  • Food & Wine
Rooftop drinks at the Highline Galleria vineyard
313 mt

Museum of Twentieth Century tickets

  • Art & Culture
Museum of Twentieth Century tickets
321 mt

Private Skip-the-Line Duomo tour with short city walk

  • Art & Culture
Private Skip-the-Line Duomo tour with short city walk
345 mt

Private Tour discover Milan Highlights

  • Art & Culture
Private Tour discover Milan Highlights
352 mt

Rooftop terraces of the Duomo Cathedral: priority access tour

  • Art & Culture
Rooftop terraces of the Duomo Cathedral: priority access tour
380 mt

Milan walking tour with Da Vinci’s Last Supper skip-the-line tickets

  • Art & Culture
Milan walking tour with Da Vinci’s Last Supper skip-the-line tickets
384 mt

Guided tour of the “Picasso Metamorfosi” exhibition at Palazzo Reale

  • Art & Culture
Guided tour of the “Picasso Metamorfosi” exhibition at Palazzo Reale
399 mt

Private last minute guided tour of Milan with skip-the-line entrance to La Scala

  • Art & Culture
Private last minute guided tour of Milan with skip-the-line entrance to La Scala
421 mt

Milan Highline Galleria tour

  • Active & Green
Milan Highline Galleria tour
440 mt

Where to sleep

GRAN DUCA DI YORK

Milano
GRAN DUCA DI YORK
51 mt

HEMERAS BOUTIQUE HOUSE

Milano
HEMERAS BOUTIQUE HOUSE
60 mt

FLAT IN MILAN

Milano
FLAT IN MILAN
60 mt

SPADARI AL DUOMO

Milano
SPADARI AL DUOMO
60 mt

DUOMO INN

Milano
DUOMO INN
101 mt

AMBROSIANA APARTMENT

Milano
AMBROSIANA APARTMENT
109 mt

APARTHOTEL DEI MERCANTI

Milano
APARTHOTEL DEI MERCANTI
138 mt

MARINA PIREDDA

Milano
MARINA PIREDDA
160 mt

GLAMOUR APARTMENTS

Milano
GLAMOUR APARTMENTS
172 mt

ART HOUSE

Milano
ART HOUSE
175 mt

HEMERAS SRL

Milano
HEMERAS SRL
178 mt

UNA MAISON MILANO

Milano
UNA MAISON MILANO
190 mt

MILAN APART

Milano
MILAN APART
199 mt

RIO

Milano
RIO
200 mt

CASA TORINO 34

Milano
CASA TORINO 34
207 mt

TORINO 34

Milano
TORINO 34
207 mt

SANTA MARTA SUITES

Milano
SANTA MARTA SUITES
208 mt

ARCIMBOLDO

Milano
ARCIMBOLDO
211 mt

LA MADONNINA

Milano
LA MADONNINA
213 mt

PRIVATO

Milano
PRIVATO
217 mt