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 the 19th century 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. Palazzo Anguissola marks a turning point in architecture between the 18th and 19th centuries while, in the adjacent Palazzo Brentani, the atmosphere is that of noble 19th century dwellings. 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 12 sections and 2 overtures with works executed according to the different artistic techniques and poetics of the post World War Two period, suggesting a dialogue between sculpture and painting – or between plastic and representational forms – and between artistic experimentation centres in Italy, primarily in the relationship between the Milanese and Roman scene.
By Diana Orlando
Chiedimi, Ask Me!
Thanks to the collaboration between Gallerie d’Italia and Civita Cultura, young experts in Art History
are available to guide you around each rooms and illustrate you the different tendencies shown throughout the museum spece. You just have to ask to the young staff that wear the pin ChiediMI to have a free tour or to answer to any of your questions about the pieces of art or the exhibition. In addition you can find free audioguides in nine different languages.
Open: Tues-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm. Thurs 9.30am-10.30pm. Last entry one hour before closing time. Closed on Monday. Free admission every first Sunday of the month. Full price ticket: 10 €
Other sections of the exhibition: Galleria San Fedele (Via Hoepli, 3/a-b. Open Tues-Sat 4pm- 7pm) and the San Fedele Church (Piazza San Fedele, 4. Open daily 9am-4pm).
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Piazza della Scala, 6
M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Montenapoleone