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Pinacoteca di Brera

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The Palazzo di Brera was born from an antique Convent which, in the XIV century, was managed by a group of Humiliati monks. Nowadays, the building hosts not only the Pinacoteca but also the Braidense National Library, the Brera Observatory, the Botanical Gardens, the Lombardy Institute of Science and Literature, and the Academy of Fine Arts.

This last was opened in 1776 for want of Maria Teresa d'Austria, and its history is entwined with that of the pinacoteca which was opened at the same time as the Academy: initially, the role of the Pinacoteca was to contain a collection of works that were considered an example for the students registered at the Accademia di Belle Arti. It was Napoleon who decided to transform the Pinacoteca into a real Museum with the intent to recreate an all-Italian Louvre.

Amongst the many works conserved there today one can see "Madonna con il Bambino e Santi" by Piero della Francesca, "Cristo Morto" by Mantegna, "Lo Sposalizio della Vergine" by Raffaello, "Il Bacio" by Francesco Hayez, and the "Cena Emmaus" by Caravaggio.

The art gallery of the Pinacoteca di Brera is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is situated in the centre of Milan in via Brera, 28. It is possible to stay in one of the many hotels in and around Milan, a city that is well furnished with hotels and apartements in both the centre and on the outskirts.

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