Recently inaugurated, the Gallerie d’italia-Piazza Scala are housed in two historic buildings overlooking Milan’s elegant via Manzoni and host masterpieces of 19th century Italian art from the collections of Fondazione Cariplo and Intesa Sanpaolo. On entering the opulent Neo-classical rooms of Palazzo Anguissola, you will discover marvellous bas-reliefs by Canova, symbols of Romanticism by Hayez, portrayals of the Italian Risorgimento by Gerolamo Induno and images of 19th century Milan. The itinerary continues in the 19th century Palazzo Brentani with landscapes, Genre paintings, the Symbolist art of Morbelli and Previati and the Pre-futurist works of Umberto Boccioni, heralding the forthcoming opening of the section of the collection dedicated to 19th century art, scheduled to be inaugurated in 2012.
Set between piazza della Scala and the famous “Quadrilatero della Moda”, this new jewel of Milanese culture interacts with the museum complex in piazza Duomo – represented by the collections on show at the Museo del 900 and at Palazzo Reale –, and with the masterpieces hosted at the Pinacoteca di Brera giving life – as suggested by Milan’s Councillor for Culture, Stefano Boeri – to a “triptych” of art that is unique throughout the world, just waiting to amaze visitors (both present and future) to the city of Expo 2015.
Gallerie d’Italia – Piazza Scala
www.gallerieditalia.com. Entrance from via Manzoni, 10. Open: Tues- Sun 9.30am-7.30pm. Thurs 9.30am- 10.30pm. Closed on Monday. Free admission until opening of the section dedicated to 20th century works, scheduled for 2012.
For info and reservations (advisable for groups) call toll-free number 800.167.619.
M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Montenapoleone.