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COLLECTIONS OF ANTIQUE FURNISHINGS AND ART COLLECTIONS ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE DUCAL COURTYARD

The four rooms in the left wing on the first floor of the Ducal Courtyard house the collections of antique furniture and woodworks. There are extraordinary exhibits, such as the Cassone dei tre duchi, the coretto di Torrechiara, a 13th century crucifix from Umbria, the cabinet and many others including the neo-classical works by Giuseppe Maggiolini. The new display of the Pinacoteca collection starts from room XX, inside the Falconiera tower. The exhibit is arranged chronologically, and begins with the mid-fifteenth century, moving on, in room XXVI, to great eighteenth-century views, with work by Canaletto, Guardi, and Bellotto. Room XXIII holds several absolute masterpieces, such as Antonello da Messina's Saint Benedict, Andrea Mantegna's Madonna in Glory with Saints, Giovanni Bellini's Madonna and Child, and Filippo Lippi's Madonna of Humility. But the most important facet of the new Pinacoteca is the organic inclusion of Lombard painting, amply represented starting with a core of paintings by Vincenzo Foppa (room XXI), and examples of Mannerism from the school of Cremona (room XXIV). In the large Sala della Cancelleria (room XXVI), there is a rich series of work by the "plague painters": Morazzone, Cerano, Crespi, a series of portraits by Fra' Galgario and Ceruti, and an example of animal painting by F. Londonio. A comparison between Venetian painting, with portraits by Titian and Tintoretto, and sixteenth-century figurative painting from Brescia and Bergamo can be admired in room XXV. An innovative aspect of the new Pinacoteca display is the inclusion of other kinds of sculpted, carved, and modelled work, arranged in reciprocal dialogue with the paintings.

THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE DUCAL COURTYARD

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Click on the rooms to look at the exhibits



Castello Sforzesco - Piazza Castello   20121 MILAN