Museo Poldi Pezzoli

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Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Milan
Italy

The Museo Poldi Pezzoli is an art museum in Milan, Italy. The museum was originated in the 19th century as private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio, of the family of the condottiero Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, and has a particularly broad collection of Northern Italian and (for Italy) Netherlandish/Flemish artists.

Collection: Italian painters

Sited in the centre of the city, works on display include Italian painters such as: Mariotto Albertinelli; Giovanni d'Alemagna, the uncle of Antonio Vivarini; Sofonisba Anguissola; Lorenzo Bartolini; Fra Bartolomeo; Luca Baudo; Alessandro Mazzola Bedoli; Jacopo Bellini; Giuseppe Bertini; Vitale da Bologna; Francesco Bonsignori; Paolo Borroni; il Moretto from Brescia; Botticelli.

Giulio Campi; Canaletto; Francesco Capella (Dagiù); Cristoforo Caselli; Jacopo del Casentino;G.B. Castiglione; Bernardo Cavallino; Luigi Cavenaghi (see The Last Supper (Leonardo); Cima da Conegliano; Luigi Crespi; Daddi; Gaetano Fasanotti; Gaudenzio Ferrari; Fetti; Ambrogio Bergognone; Gaetano Gandolfi; Raffaellino del Garbo; Baciccio; Giovan Francesco Gessi, a pupil of Guido Reni; Giordano; Francesco Guardi; Giacomo Guardi.

Francesco Hayez; Pietro degli Ingannati; Filippo Lippi; Pietro Lorenzetti; Lotto; Bernardino Luini; Giovan Francesco Maineri; Rutilio Manetti; Andrea Mantegna; Giovanni Martinelli; il Morazzone; Livio Mehus; Lippo Memmi, a pupil of Simone Martini; Michelangelo; Francesco Morone; Moroni; Carlo Francese and Giuseppe Nuvolone;Marco D'Oggione; Eleuterio Pagliano; Filippo Palizzi, a contemporary of Cornelius Van Leemputten; Palma il Vecchio; Marco Palmezzano; Perugino.

Pesellino; di Pietro (Lo Spagna); Antonio Pirri; Antonio Pollaiolo; Riccardo Pellegrini; Giulio Cesare Procaccini; Raibolini (il Francia); Ribera; Giampietrino; ’’il Sassoferrato’’;il Salviati of Florence; Raphael; Luigi Scrosati; Fra Semplice (da Verona); Cesare da Sesto; Giovanni Servi; Andrea Solario; Gherardo Starnina (c. 1360-1420); Bernardo Strozzi; Zanobi Strozzi, a pupil of Fra Angelico; Cesare Tamaroccio; Francesco de Tatti; Girolamo Tessari Del Santo; Tiepolo; Cosmè Tura; Giovanni de' Vecchi; Bartolomeo Veneto; and Antonio Vighi.

Northern European Painters
Painters in the collection include: Breughel the younger;Cranach; Goltzius; James Baker Pyne; Thomas Shotter Boys; Sutterman; Teniers the younger; Jacob Toorenvliet; Pierre Tetar van Elven; Mathijs Van Hellemont; Jan Van der Meer II; Willem Van Mieris; Jacob Ferdinand Voet; Nicolaus Alexander Mair Von Landshut; and Cornelis de Wael.

The pleasant effect of seeing the Bellinis, Botticellis, and Tiepolos amid these salons is reminiscent of a visit to other private collections, such as the Frick Collection in New York City and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This stunning treasure trove leans a bit toward Venetian painters (such as Francesco Guardi's elegantly moody Grey Lagoon), but also ventures widely throughout Italian painting and into the northern and Flemish schools. It was amassed by 19th-century collector Giacomo Poldi-Pezzoli, who donated his villa and its treasures to the city in 1881. Antonio Pollaiuolo's Portrait of a Young Woman is often likened to the Mona Lisa, in that it is a haunting image you will recognize immediately upon seeing it. The collections also include porcelain, watches, jewels, and many of the palazzo's original furnishings.

CD-ROM terminals let you explore bits of the collections not currently on display, especially arms and armor, the best of which is housed in an elaborate pietra serena room designed by Pomodoro. For now, the museum offers free audio guides (there may be a charge in the future). The admission ticket you buy here will include admission to the Museo Teatrale alla Scala.

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