Special Events

A whole range of different events and opportunities to gain more insight into the exhibition Body and Soul from Donatello to Michelangelo. Italian Renaissance Sculpture will be available to


Mater strangosciàs at Pietà Rondanini

Compagnia Lombardi-Tiezzi
Mater Strangosciàs is the last of the three Tre lai (1994) monologues. In this trilogy, Giovanni Testori brought together three female characters from antiquity faced with the mystery of pain and death: Cleopatras, Herodias, and the Virgin Mary. First staged in 1998 by Sandro Lombardi and directed by Federico Tiezzi, Mater strangosciàs is now presented again in a new video format by the Lombardi-Tiezzi Company - a leading group in Italy’s avant-garde Theatre. This video opera will be screened in the Museo Pietà Rondanini-Michelangelo of the Castello Sforzesco, offering new insights into Giovanni Testori’s language and
theater to the exhibition visitors.
The video is only visible at the end of the exhibition.
Mater strangosciàs at Pietà Rondanini
A video performance by Federico Tiezzi
From Tre Lai by Giovanni Testori
Mother Sandro Lombardi
Son Corso Pellegrini Strozzi
Giuseppe d’Arimatea Giovanni Agosti
sculpture Michelangelo Buonarroti
The coat worn by Sandro Lombardi was painted by Giovanni Frangi 
Produced by Compagnia Lombardi-Tiezzi in collaboration with
Comune di Milano – Cultura – Soprintendenza Castello, Musei Archeologici e Musei Storici

ZEPHYRO SPIRA Chanson, Tales and Villanesche in the Early Renaissance

Baroque Orchestra of the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan
Luca Colombo, Conductor
The musical notes of the Baroque Orchestra of the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado will be ideally accompanying the images of dancing figures animating the exhibition’s first section “Fury and Grace”. This orchestra, led by Luca Colombo and the only one of its kind in Italy, will be performing ZEPHYRO SPIRA Chanson, Tales and Villanesche in the Early Renaissance. Recorded behind closed doors, the concert will be streamed from the first day of the exhibition.
Wednesday 21 July, at 16.00, on the Facebook and YouTube channels of Castello Sforzesco and the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado.
The programme features the main early Renaissance poetic-musical structures, and aims to present the most humorous, cheerful and popular songs alongside others of a more lyrical, refined and sophisticated
nature: from villanesche to napolitana – the most popular forms of songs, with simple musical structures but very effective rhythms, to the vocal and instrumental chanson – a genre favoured by northern
European courts and Flemish musicians – and finally frottola, typically Italian noble music that was the predecessor to the madrigal.
Zephyro Spira. Chanson, Tales and Villanesche in the Early Renaissance

Baroque Orchestra of the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado  
Ariadna Quappe, horn and recorder
Punto Bawono, lute
Laia Blasco Lopez, Orla Shalloo Brundrett, and Masato Nitta, voices
Luca Bossi, Emanuele Gorla, Laura Minguzzi, and Anna Venutti, Renaissance transverse flute
Anaïs Lauwaert, Norma Torti, and Daia Anwander, viola da gamba 
Margherita Burattini, Prisca Gama Santana e Marta Vecchio, double harp
Lorenzo D’Erasmo, percussions 
Luca Colombo, conductor

Conference: Sculpture in Renaissance Times: a Moving Art

On Thursday 30 September from 9.45 to 17.00 the second day of the Conference Sculpture in Renaissance Times: a Moving Art organised by the Castello Sforzesco together with the Musée du Louvre,  where the first day was held in April 2021.
The conference, which was also broadcast live on Facebook page @CastelloSforzescoMilano, is now available on the youtube channel of the Castle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ7VHKstRPI

Download the programme