The Palace of Brera is built on an ancient group of fourteenth-century convent Humiliated and was later granted to the Jesuits, who founded a school. Only in the early seventeenth century, the palace acquired a sober and majestic, thanks to the work of Francesco Maria Ricchini. In 1773, after the rupture of the Jesuit College of Brera became state property and became the home to some of the most important cultural institutions of the city by the will of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. One of the most illustrious characters of Neoclassicism in Italy, Giuseppe Piermarini, took up the position of the library, the imposing entrance gate on Via Brera and dell’ultimazione the courtyard, the center is the statue of Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker. Throughout the nineteenth century courtyards, loggias, corridors and lobbies were designed to house monuments that glorify public benefactors, artists, men of science and culture related to the history of Brera. The Pinacoteca di Brera was born in 1776 and was to be a collection of significant works for the training of students but, when Milan was declared capital of the Kingdom of Italy, became a museum full of paintings from all territories captured by French troops. The Pinacoteca di Brera is so different from other prestigious Italian museums like the Uffizi for example, why does not originate from private collectors and the principles of the aristocracy, but from that of state and politics.The Heritage Art Gallery grew and grew until the seventies, where it was enriched with some stunningly beautiful collection of the most important artists of the early twentieth century, such as Modigliani, Morandi, Braque and Carra.
When: Tues – Sun 8:30 to 19:15
Never: Monday, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
How much: Adults € 10, reduced € 7, 50
How to: stop Lanza underground 2, line 3 Montenapoleone stop. Tram: 1-4-8-12-14-27.Bus: 61, 97