The Da Vinci Codex Within Milan's Pinacoteca Ambrosiana with Giacomo Zavatteri

The Da Vinci Codex Within Milan's Pinacoteca Ambrosiana with Giacomo Zavatteri


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Join us for an interactive conversation featuring the treasures of artists such as Da Vinci, Raphael, and Caravaggio – in the context of one of Italy's premier art academies.  At first glance, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana doesn't seem to fit within the austere financial district in Milan. However, as we unveil the jewels contained within, we'll find that its collection of masterpieces is unparalleled and well worth a closer examination. 

Founded in the 1600s by the powerful bishop Federico Borromeo as a library, the institution was later expanded into an acclaimed art academy,  where the most important Milanese artists have studied throughout the ages. The key element of our discussion will be the contents of this gorgeous library, where the Atlantic Codex is hosted – the largest collection in the world of drawings, sketches, projects created by Leonardo da Vinci.

Within its hallowed halls, we will discover masterpieces like the Basket of fruits by Caravaggio, one of the oldest surviving works from the Baroque master. We'll move towards the drawing-room to view the drawing of the School of Athens by Raphael, the largest and most intact drawing in the world from the Renaissance times.  And we'll conclude our discussion with a review of Portrait of a Musician, one of the most mysterious and unique paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. 

Led by an expert licensed guide and art historian, this conversation will showcase a hearty selection of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana’s finest treasures. Designed to inspire curiosity and future travels, will inspire future travel to Milan and prepare travelers for appreciating landmark destinations such as Pinacoteca Ambrosiana its historic Context.</p>

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Giacomo has a degree in Preservation of Cultural Heritage with a specialization in Medieval Art. After an internship at Handel House Museum in London, UK, he returned to Italy to work as a professional translator. He has been a professional tour guide in Milano since 2005. Deeply in love with his city, he likes to unveil her secret charm, discover hidden stories of the most important monuments, and understand why people of the past built them and how they looked at them. He loves to share hidden spots even locals do not know and is always looking for new places for the best gelato, food, and drinks.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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