Art in Milan

Art in Milan

If you visit Milan, you can enjoy art sites, galleries, churches. and many other places of immense importance for the history of art. An almost unimaginable number of museums are dedicated to the art, culture, history, and everyday life of the city. How about a visit to the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, which houses the Pezzoli art collection, for example? Or a trip to the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci?

Galleries, Museums, and Opera Houses

To begin with, the Gallery of Modern Art, located in the Villa Reale Milan, belongs to Milan’s neoclassical masterpieces. The villa was built between 1790 and 1796 for Count Lodovico Barbiano Belgiojoso, the building was first named Villa Belgiojoso. Designed by the Austrian architect Leopoldo Pollack, the Villa Reale has housed Milan’s modern art collections since 1921. The Gallery of Modern Art exhibits works by Appiani, Canova, Hayez, Segantini, Previati, Rosso as well as the Grassi Collection, and the Vismara Collection with pieces by Balla, Boccioni, Modigliani, Sironi, Manet, van Gogh, and Picasso.

As a second stop you could visit the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, which is in downtown Milan and houses the collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. Among more than 3000 exhibits shown there are paintings, jewels, Murano glass, porcelain, weapons, armour, furniture, tapestries, and much more to make the hearts of art and history lovers beat faster.

You might also be interested in Teatro La Scala in Milan, which is one of the most famous and influential opera houses in the world. The classicist building looks small and inconspicuous from the outside, but when you look inside with the many decorations, the huge chandeliers and all the splendour, you know why the building is often visited.

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral or Basilica Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Nascente is a Roman Catholic church protected by the patronage of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. This cathedral is a gothic masterpiece with more than 3,500 statues of saints, animals, and mythical creatures. This cathedral has been under construction for 600 years and some changes were made as late as 1950. When Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Milan, he made sure that the front facade was completed within seven years.

Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral

Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at Church Santa Maria Delle Grazie

The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie has great artistic value. Leonardo Da Vinci painted the famous Last Supper between 1495 and 1497. The painting, which is about 9,10 meters wide and 4,20 meters high, depicts the moment of Jesus sitting together with his disciples at the Last Supper.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at Church Santa Maria Delle Grazie
Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at Church Santa Maria Delle Grazie

The painting impresses its viewers with detailed, realistic depictions and it is a milestone of Renaissance art. Together with the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1980. However, if you want to visit this famous painting, you need a reservation. The demand for viewing this work is enormous. We are sure that your art interest will be more than satisfied in Milan.