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Visit Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

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The Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) houses one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. Opened to the public in 1809, it is situated in a beautiful 17th century building alongside the Accademia di Belli Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in the Palazzo di Brera.

Amongst the collection are masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Mantegna, Bellini, Caravaggio, Tintoretto and Veronese. There is a small section on modern art which includes paintings by Modigliani, De Chirico and Carrà.

Situated in the heart of Brera, a charming and slightly bohemian neighbourhood known by some as the “the milanese Montmartre”. Brera has a unique character which really comes alive at night thanks to its cosy restaurants, lively bars, eclectic antique shops, colourful street markets, artists and fortune tellers.

Collection highlights:

  • Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna – c. 1480
  • Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael – c. 1504
  • The Kiss by Francesco Hayez – c. 1859
  • Holy Conversation (Brera Altarpiece) by Piero della Francesca – c. 1472–1474
  • Feast at the House of Simon by Paolo Veronese – c. 1567-1570
  • Pieta by Giovanni Bellini – c. 1460