Must-see art museums in Milan: Pinacoteca di Brera’s Italian masterpieces

If you’re on a short visit to Milan and want to know which are the must-see museums in Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera has to be on your list. It’s a fabulous art museum in Milan’s chic Brera district, showcasing paintings of Italian artists. It was  built on top of an old convent of the 1300s until in 1773  it became  the property of the state and the Empress, Maria Teresa of Austria, who decided to transform it into an educational building.

The Pinacoteca di Brera was born along with the Academy of Fine Arts and it served as an educational space where people could learn about art and culture. When Milan became the capital of the Kingdom on Italy, Napoleon decided to transform it into a museum displaying the most beautiful art works coming from all the conquered territories of the French Army.

Today, the museum displays some of the most significant Italian paintings, especially from the Venetian and Lombard schools, with some important works also coming from other artistic schools. Over the years there have been many donations to the Pinacoteca di Brera, offering an exposition path that goes from prehistoric art to contemporary art, displaying masterpieces of the 20th century.

Among the artworks at Pinacoteca di Brera, you will admire some of the works of Giovanni Bellini, Caravaggio, Raffaello, Hayez, Rubens, Tintoretto, Boccioni, Carra`and Picasso. Hayez’s famous painting The Kiss is also displayed at Pinacoteca di Brera.

Address: Via Brera, 28
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 8.30am – 7.15pm
Admission: 7 – 10 EUR


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