Pinacoteca di Brera

A stunning site for those eager to learn more about the profound history, culture, or course art of Italy, the Pinacoteca di Brera is a must see when travelling to Milan.

The Pinacoteca di Brera is the main public gallery for paintings in Milan. It contains one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings from the thirteenth to the twentieth century, an outgrowth of the cultural program of the Brera Academy, which shares the site in the Palazzo Brera.

The Brera Gallery was officially established in 1809, even though a first heterogeneous collection with educational purpose existed already from 1776 and then increased in the following years.

Brera became a museum to host the most important works of art from all of the areas conquered by the French armies. So unlike other important museums in Italy such as the Uffizi, Brera did not start out life as the private collection of a prince or nobleman but as the product of a deliberate policy decision.

Paintings confiscated from churches and convents throughout Lombardy with the religious orders’ dissolution began to pour into the museum in the early years of the 19th century, soon to be joined by artworks of similar provenance from other areas of the Kingdom of Italy. This explains why the collection comprises chiefly religious works, many of them large altarpieces, and accounts for Brera’s special aura on which later acquisitions have had only a minor impact.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Zack Austin
    3 months ago
    Surely one of the most captivating museums in Milan. Its purpose to engage with the public is what...
  • Nikos Parastatidis
    a month ago
    A very enlightening collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, from its early beginnings right...
  • Pong Lenis
    6 months ago
    One of the best collections of artwork you will ever see, this collection is up there with the...
  • Wayne Bock
    a month ago
    Excellent art museum with a focus on the development of art in Italy. Plan a couple of hours for...
  • Sergio Martins
    a month ago
    The Pinacoteca di Brera is a beautiful and imposing gallery. I cannot speak as an expert in...

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