THE BRERA ART GALLERY: THE WORKS YOU CAN’T MISS AND HOW TO PLAN YOUR VISIT
The Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) is a great museum which unlike other great Italian art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, didn’t originate from aristocratic collecting.
The works displayed at the Brera Art Gallery don’t come from collections belonging to a Prince or noble families, but is the collection of works used for the education of students attending the Academy of Fine Arts.
In the early 19th century, thanks to Napoleon Bonaparte, it turns into a museum.
WHAT TO SEE AT THE BRERA ART GALLERY
The Brera Art Gallery is one of the major museums in Italy, where you can admire some of the greatest masterpieces of history of art.
Everything deserves your attention, and to visit the art gallery you need at least 2 hours, but in this post I’ll make a list of 5 works you can’t miss.
The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael was painted in 1504, and portrays the marriage between the Virgin Mary and Joseph.
On the background there’s a building resembling the Tempietto (small temple) built in 1502 by Bramante in the centre of one of the courtyards of the Church of San Pietro in Montorio in Rome.
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The Dead Christ and Three Mourners by Mantegna.
A famous and powerful painting in which Christ’s body is portrayed from an original and unique point of view.
The wounds are presented in the foreground, like the folds of the sheet covering the body.
I dedicated a detailed post to the Brera Altarpiece by Piero della Francesca, but admiring it first hand is incredible, and anyone will find out new details.
The Kiss, famous painting which I described in detail in the post dedicated to Francesco Hayez, one of the most important artists of the Romanticism. But at the Brera Art Gallery you can find other works painted by Hayez, and all are capable of moving you.
The Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio is one of the versions the painter dedicated to the story narrated in the Gospel of Luke.
If you look at the table, the famous Basket of Fruit painted by Caravaggio and his way to describe reality will soon come to your mind.
HOW TO REACH THE BRERA ART GALLERY
The Brera Art Gallery is located in via Brera 28 in Milan.
By subway: line M2, getting off at the “Lanza” stop; line M3, getting off at the “Montenapoleone” stop, and line M1, getting off at the “Cairoli” stop.
By bus: lines 61 and 57, or tram lines 1-2-12-14 (via Cusani), 4 (Lanza).
By car: you can park your car at “Parking Car Brera” garage, located in via Brera 3/A.
The Brera Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.15 pm, on Thursdays until 10.15 pm.
Closed on Mondays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
Full regular tickets € 10, reduced tickets € 7, but after 6 pm € 6.
Admission to the Brera Art Gallery is free every first Sunday of the month.
You can book your ticket on vivaticket.it.