Famous artworks in Milan

artworks in Milan

In Milan there are many artworks spread all over the city, both inside museums and outside, in public places of Milan.

Here an updated guide about the best that will surprise visitors:


Paintings at Pinacoteca di Brera

Il bacio (The kiss) by Francesco Hayez

This masterpiece sums up the characteristics of the historical Italian romance and the colors represents(the white robe, the red tights, green hat and the blue gown of the woman) the alliance between Italy and France (agreements Plombières).


300px-Bramantino,_madonna_e_un_personaggioMadonna and Child and a male figure

This beautiful painting by Bramantino (year 1503-1504) is situated in the Pinacoteca di Brera from 1896.

The painting shows the Holy Family and a background of classical architecture.

The figure of Joseph was repainted by inserting a real portrait (of politician Giangiacomo Trivulzio).

Artworks in Milan at Sforza Castle

The Sala delle Asse is a room inside the Sforza Castle and host one of the best painting of Milan .

Here it is possible to admire, on the north wall of the room, a wall painting frescoes of a weavings plant by Leonardo da Vinci (1498).


Milano_-_Castello_sforzesco_-_Michelangelo,_Pietà_Rondanini_by_Michelangelo_(1564)_-_Foto_Giovanni_Dall'Orto,_6-jan-2006_-_04Don’t miss the masterpiece The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan and more works at the dedicated Leonardo3 Museum, get a free access !

The Pieta Rondanini is an unfinished marble sculpture ( h . 195 cm ) by Michelangelo Buonarroti , carved in 1552 to 1553 ( first version ) and reworked from around 1555 to 1564 ; now is hosted in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan .
It is the last work of the author who according to sources worked there until a few days before his death .


Paintings at Museo Poldi Pezzoli


Cima_da_Conegliano_014In the Poldi Pezzoli Museum you can find, among other artworks, also a beautiful oil painting: The Marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne by Cima da Conegliano (from1505).

The panel shows Bacchus in the act of crowning Ariadne. The two are brought in triumph on a golden chariot drawn by panthers.

Paintings at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

B_Luini_Sacra_Famiglia_con_S_Giovannino_S_Anna_Milano_AmbrosianaIn the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana there is a beautiful oil painting: The Holy Family with St Anne and St John the Baptist by Bernardino Luini (1530).

The table in the collection of Cardinal Federico Borromeo, who donated it to the newly Biblioteca Ambrosiana in 1618.

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan host also the Code Atlanticus of Leonardo Da Vinci. 

“The Portrait of a Musician ” is an oil painting on canvas by Leonardo da Vinci, dated to about 1485

Original location and circumstances of the commission of the painting are not well known, was definitely the Ambrosiana in 1671. Maybe it was donated in 1637 by the Marquis Galeazzo Arconati, or it could be a portrait “of the Duke Thurs Galeazzo Visconti” remembered in the donation of Federico Borromeo along with an imaginary” Head of Petrarch “as works of Leonardo.

In the nineteenth century it was interpreted as a portrait of Ludovico il Moro, in diptych with the (alleged) of Beatrice d’Este (inv. 100). With the cleaning of 1904 he rediscovered the musical score, covered by a repainting, which contain the word “Cant … Ang …”, followed by a musical score. From this clue has edged up identification with Franchino Gaffurio, choirmaster of the Cathedral of Milan from 1484 as well as a composer of “Cantum Angelicum”, ie the Angelicum to divinum opus.


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The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci


We can’t avoid to talk about the masterpice of Leonardo da Vinci, the fresco hosted at Santa Maria delle Grazie and world wide known as “The Last Supper”.

This fresco was realized by Leonardo Da Vinci among 1491 an 1498 and is located in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie Chuch.

Along the II world war the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was very damaged by the bombs and from 1978 to 1999 one of the most relevant restoration of the history takes place in Milan in order to give a new life to this amazing artowork.


Be sure to visit the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci thanks to the Milan City Pass>


Monument to King Vittorio Emanuele II


The statue of king Vittorio Emanuele II is situated in Piazza Duomo.

emanuuThe statue represents the king on a horse (during the battle of San Martino in 1859) and was commisionated by the son of Vittorio Emanuele, Umberto I to Ercole Rosa in 1878 and is located in Piazza Duomo since 1898.

In a first time the monument should be located front of Palazzo Reale on the left side of the Duomo Cathedral.

Under the basament of the monument there is a secret passage not accessible now.

Vittorio Emanuele Galleria


galleriaThe Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a cruciform gallery with a luxury covered walkway in the heart of Milan dedicated to king Vittorio Emanuele II, the King that led Milan unify the Kingdom of Italy.

It was built in the late 1800 to connect Piazza Duomo to Piazza della Scala.

Find official spot of Highline Galleria here !

Columns of San Lorenzo


downloadThe Columns of San Lorenzo are sixteen big columns in marble from Roman buildings located in front of the basilica of San Lorenzo and are a symbol of romanic imperial Milan.

The columns were realized with romanic material and located close to Porta Ticinese in the middle age.

Now is a very cool are for young milaneses and tourists for aperitivo and after dinner.

Close to Colonne di San Lorenzo is located the Museo Diocesano and is the official gate to the Navigli Area.

Arco della Pace


1280px-Arco_della_PaceThe Peace Arch is a triumphal arch in Milan designed by Luigi Cagnola in the early 1800 commissioned by Napoleon and the town of Milan.

Then in1826, Habsburg Emperor Francis I of Austriadedicated it to the peace that had brought together the various European powers in 1815.

You can let be surprised by this great monument with the TraMilano city tor on historical tram!

Ago, filo e nodo (Needle, Thread and Knot)

Needle, Thread and Knot is a two-part sculpture in Piazzale Cadorna.

The giant needle with a multicolored thread that emerges in another part of the square with the end node and is a reminder of the subway and a tribute to the hard work of Milan and to celebrate the connection between Milan Lombardy because is located from of Cadorna Railway Station where starts train to the airports and to the main cities of Lombardy.

Mysterious Bathrooms at Triennale of Milan

Bathrooms mysterious is a work of 1973 by Giorgio De Chirico, who was in the garden of the Palace of Art in Sempione Park in Milan

It is a pool with two swimmers, a trampoline, a ball, a walk, a swan, a fish and a source.

The work had been carried out on the occasion of an exhibition and had a temporary character, it had to be dismantled at the end of the event, but the work was left in its place.

The Palace of Art hosts the Triennale of Milan .

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