Museo Poldi Pezzoli – Milan
The Museo Poldi Pezzoli is a private museum in Milan that features one of the most exquisite collections of fine and decorative arts in Italy.
Above: the courtyard of the Museo Poldi Pezzoli; photo by Federica Lusiardi / Inexhibit.
The museum is sited into a palace originally built for the nobleman and art collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1822-1879), converted into a museum in 1881, and currently housing a collection chiefly focused on Italian Renaissance painting.
The collection was amassed over the course of many decades by the Pezzoli family, who made a fortune as a tax collector for the Austrian government.
The about three hundred paintings on view in the Poldi Pezzoli museum include masterpieces by Piero del Pollaiolo, Piero della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Cosmè Tura, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Jusepe de Ribera, and Francesco Guardi.
The museum also holds a remarkable collection of applied and decorative arts comprising arms, porcelains, glassware, carpets and tapestries, clocks, jewels, rare books, and manuscripts.
The permanent collection, displayed in various rooms on two floors of the building, is divided into thematic sections dedicated to single artists, art movements, and different means of artistic expression.
Piero del Pollaiolo, Portrait of Young Lady, 1470-72, oil and tempera on panel; courtesy of Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan
Events and activities
The program of activities and events of the Poldi Pezzoli museum includes special exhibitions, guided tours, lectures, concerts, learning programs for teachers, and educational courses aimed at schools and children. Temporary exhibitions are primarily focused on the history of art collecting, presenting in detail pieces from the museum’s collections, and inviting contemporary artists to reinterpret one of the museum’s masterpieces.
Since 2010, during the Milan Furniture Fair, the museum hosts a special themed exhibition on the relationship between art and contemporary design.
Accessible to physically-impaired people, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum is located in the heart of Milan, approximately midway between the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and via Montenapoleone.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli, photos from the temporary exhibition “Expositio”, May / August 2016, installation views. Courtesy of Museo Poldi Pezzoli.
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