Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery), Milan

Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery), Milan (must see)

Pinacoteca di Brera is an art collection containing some of the most valuable Italian paintings gathered from the churches and monasteries taken over during the Napoleonic rule. The gallery sits on the street of the same name where there are many traditional cafes loved by the locals. Entering through the main gate, you are welcomed by the statue of Napoleon. The first floor of the building is occupied by the Accademia di Belle Arti, while the picture gallery itself rests on the second floor.

There are nearly 40 rooms featuring great masterpieces, like Andrea Mantegna's amazingly foreshortened "Dead Christ", Raphael's "Betrothal of the Virgin", and Piero della Francesca's "Madonna with Saints". The museum also exhibits more than 500 paintings of the Venetian and Lombard schools spanning the 14th-19th centuries. Precious artifacts are showcased in a chronological order, starting from the 14th century on to the Renaissance period, thus demonstrating the progression of the painting techniques. There is also a modern art section with paintings by Modigliani and Picasso.

The gallery has an onsite restoration lab, plus a cute little garden in the backyard, filled with aromatic herbs, flowers, climbers and vegetable plants. Among them are Europe's oldest ginkgo biloba trees, reaching up to 30 feet in height, brought over from China in the early 1700s.

Why You Should Visit:
Though humble in size, the Pinacoteca displays superb and exclusive works by Italy's most renowned artists from the 13th-20th centuries.
After finishing your visit, you may want to explore the lovely neighborhood of Brera for food and drinks – great way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Tip:
Take a good look at the free map to understand the flow of the gallery and to find the rooms that interest you most. To appreciate the paintings fully, get an audio guide.
Another advice would be to use the seats whenever available; there is much to see here, so sitting down every now and again is highly recommended.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 8:30am-7:15pm (ticket office closes at 6:40pm)
Every 3rd Thursday evening of the month, for Brera/Music performances:
8:30am-10:15pm (ticket office closes at 9:40pm)

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Sight Name: Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery)
Sight Location: Milan, Italy (See walking tours in Milan)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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