Three historic buildings overlooking Milan’s elegant via Manzoni, Piazza della Scala and via Morone serve as the prestigious home to 19th and 20th-century masterpieces
Epitomizing the history of Milan, the buildings that form the complex of the Gallerie d’Italia-Piazza Scala were designed by two prominent Italian architects between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Two of them host masterpieces of 19th century Italian art from the collections of Fondazione Cariplo and Intesa Sanpaolo, the opulent Neoclassical rooms of Palazzo Anguissola and Palazzo Brentani. The works on display cover a century of art history – the Italian Nineteenth century – from Antonio Canova to Umberto Boccioni. The exhibit is divided into 13 sections and spans 23 rooms of significant architectural and decorative value revisited by architect Michele De Lucchi. Particularly worthy of note, in the area dedicated to 19th century Lombardy works, are several never-seen-before views of old-world Milan, the Duomo, Navigli (canals) that no longer exist together with highlights from battle scenes during the Risorgimento and scenes from private family lives. The new section “Cantiere del ‘900” (Twentieth century worksite) is located in the early twentieth century Palazzo housing Milan’s historic Banca Commerciale in Piazza della Scala. In the bright halls of the ground floor, masterfully redesigned by architect Michele De Lucchi, the layout takes visitors on a journey through twelve sections and two overtures with works executed according to the different artistic techniques and poetics of the post World War II period, suggesting a dialogue between sculpture and painting – or plastic and representational forms – and artistic experimentation centres in Italy, primarily in the relationship between the Milanese and Roman scenes.
Tickets: depending on the exhibition. Free on the first Sunday of the month
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm (last entry 6.30pm); Thurs 9.30am-10.30pm (last entry 9.30pm). Closed on Monday.
If you are planning to visit this location on one of the following dates, we recommend you to check the availability: 1, 6 January, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8, 25, 26 and 31 December.