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art and culture programs

Art & culture programs by Serena Spinelli ( for The Place

  • Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” & S. Maria delle Grazie

A unique opportunity to behold one of the most significant masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance! Leonardo’s genius enabled him to reveal the wholeness of humanity; body, mind, soul and heart …through his art of painting the richness of man is masterfully described in all its dimensions.   An intimate encounter with the artist’s work will allow us to uncover the meaning of  a work of art universally acclaimed by countless generations. Our visit will also be enriched by a viewing of the church of  S. Maria delle Grazie; a sacred  witness of  the important innovations by Donato Bramante, the future architect of St Peter’s. The artistic heritage of  these two masters has left an undeniable mark on the history of western art. We will unveil the reasons of such influence... 

  • The Ambrosiana Gallery
The Gallery was founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo in the early 17th century and houses a precious collection of paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. The Ambrosiana was the site of  one of the first Art Academies in the world; a source of earthly and spiritual beauty which continues to enlighten and delight the viewer to this very day.A stroll through its ancient halls will reward us with many privileged encounters. Among these Titian, the first and foremost master of colour…Rafael and the original cartoon of the School of Athens, commissioned by the greatest patron of all: Pope Giulio II.  However, many more illustrious names will cross our path such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, Jacopo da Bassano and last but not least the Great Caravaggio and the sensational realism of his visions…. Do not pass on this remarkable group of masterpieces in the heart of Milan!  
  • The Brera Gallery

Reward yourself with  a visit to the valuable art collection of one of the most prestigious galleries in Italy. From the year 1773 Empress Maria Theresa of Austria nurtured her vision  of transforming Brera into of one of the most advanced cultural institutions of the city and endowed it with an Accademy of the Arts, a National Library, The Botanical Gardens and the Observatory. The Gallery was conceived as an extremely important educational resource for the students of the Academy and continues to serve this purpose today. Among the masterpieces of the collection are countless works by distinguished artists such as  Mantegna, Bellini, Tintoretto, Rafael, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio and many more.  A pleasant walk among the elegant neoclassical halls of the Institution will allow the narrator to illustrate and enrich the art viewing with anecdotes and relevant iconography.  

  • The Poldi Pezzoli- The private collection of a prestigious home

In the year 1850 Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli began the artistic project of a lifetime; the creation of a very particular home inspired by the most fashionable historic revivals. A group of renowned artists of the day were commissioned to design and decorate the rooms according to medieval, renaissance baroque and rococo styles. Each room was the perfect setting for the corresponding art objects collected by the patron to represent the different periods; 18th century porcelain in the Rococo Room, Flemish polyptichs in the Black Hall, gothic craftsmanship within Dante’s  Study, baroque sculpture to adorn the Great StaircaseThis collection is endowed with many masterpieces of high historical value: Mantegna, Botticelli, Moroni, Fra Galgario, Piero della Francesca and countless others…as a complete work of art this museum has influenced collectors of worldly fame such as Isabella Steward Gardner,  Nelly Jacquemart and Edouard André.