The most important art collection in Milan is housed in an imposing XVII century building commissioned by the Jesuits on the site of the pre-existent monastery in the Brera district. Here, in 1772 the Empress Maria Teresa d’Austria, gave the building over to the Academy of Arts, National Library and Art gallery for their premises. Inside there magnificent examples of Renaissance and Baroque Italian art including works by Tiziano, Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, Raffaello, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Veronese.
The collection is divided over 38 rooms and was initially formed of paintings from churches. An absolute must the The Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Mantegna, and the The Wedding of the Virgin by Raffaello. There is also a section dedicated to the more important contemporary Italian artists including Modigliani, Boccioni, Carrà, Rosai, Sironi, De Pisis and De Chirico.
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