Pinacoteca di Brera

If Italy had been long regarded as the breeding ground of greatest arts of Western tradition then there are few galleries and museums that showcase that heightened aura of great cultural milieu Italy passed through. If you are an art lover or like appreciate the great contribution that some rare artistic gifts contributed to our entire history then Pinacoteca di Brera, famous painting gallery in Milan undoubtedly deserves a place in your Italy tour itinerary. It is the main public gallery of Painting in Milan located at the site named as Palazzo Brera. This was originally the part of city’s famous academy for teaching architecture, painting and sculpture and leaves a long history of different successors. Unquestionably a Milan tour without seeing this gigantic art reserve is sure to be a matter to repent afterwards.




Pinacoteca di Brera was the academy dedicated to fine arts that underwent diverse artistic traditions in every era. The imposing architecture that stands today was conceived by the famous neoclassical architect Giuseppe Parini who served as the dean of the academy for a long time and he influenced the study and art with neoclassicism to the root. For a long time, especially throughout the nineteenth century Milan used to be regarded as the flag bearer of great Italian art thanks to this stupendous academy and its cultural influence. Annual exhibition much in the fashion of Paris Salons was initiated in the early nineteenth century with prizes for greatest exponents in terms of artistic brilliance. In 1882 the paintings gallery was separated from the academy to open it to the public audience and since then it remained an impeccable jewel for the art enthusiasts and tourists during their Vacation in Milan .

Great artworks to look for


When you are inside the Pinacoteca di Brera there are high chances that you would initially feel overwhelmed by the array of great masterpieces all around and almost everyone for the first minutes have a feeling like that. But, stay come and focus on the works just one by one, that is the best way to come into terms with such imposing array of art pieces. Some of the most notable works of art that are housed in this gallery include Sposalizio by Raphael, Madonna della Candeletta by Carlo Crivelli, Madonna of the Cherubim and Lamentation of Christ by Andrea Mantegna, Virgin and Saint by Piero Della Francesca, The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, Death of Cleopatra by Guido Cagnacci, Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio, Feast at the House of Simon by Paolo Veronese and a lot more from different traditions and artists of different eras.

How to reach?

You can avail both metro and other public transports to get to this place. If you are catching metro Greenline drop at Lanza and for Yellowline the stop is Montenapoleone. Tram routes 1, 4, 12, 14, 27 and bus route 61 are also available to directly get there from other parts of the city.

Timing and tickets

Pinacoteca di Brera almost provides a day long timing to spend time with your obsessive artworks at ease. Officially 8.30 am to 7.15 pm is the timing for all days of the week except Monday. In an annual calendar the gallery remains closed on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Only a E10 ticket is all that needed to visit this great reserve of artworks except for the guided tours that make you cost E120 if you are a foreign language speaker.

Best time to visit

Obviously for an Italy tour there cannot be any better time than what is already as famous as Italian summer with its soft breeze, scintillating blue sky and comforting temperature. Italian summer starts in mid-August and being the peak season can equally be horrific sometimes in respect of availability of entrance in various museums and galleries and a long wait for couple of hours in the cue is not unusual at the high season. So if you really want your own pace to go with the artworks and other historical splendors come rather at a relatively easier time like late April or May when the weather remains equally fresh and bright.

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