Castello Sforzesco's Mu­seum of Dec­o­ra­tive arts has re-opened in Mi­lan. Fea­tur­ing a re­vamped lay­out and a new se­lec­tion of art­works, the mu­seum is a must-see gem for lovers of ‘ante lit­teram' de­sign.

Where Milan - - CONTENTS - By Ste­fa­nia Vida

Castello Sforzesco's Mu­seum of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts has re-opened in Mi­lan

Not every­one knows that Castello Sforzesco houses a se­ries of themed mu­se­ums. Among these, one of the most notable is its re­cently ren­o­vated Mu­seum of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts. The vol­ume and diversity of the dec­o­ra­tive art col­lec­tion at Castello Sforzesco is unique in Italy and in­cludes work that is con­sid­ered some of the finest of its type in Europe. Here, de­sign afi­ciona­dos can ad­mire more than 1,300 ‘ante lit­teram' de­sign ob­jects in ivory, metal, glass, ce­ram­ics and tex­tiles from the early Mid­dle Ages to the present, high­light­ing the in­no­va­tive tech­niques used to de­velop the ev­ery­day items used by the upper classes. Par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy is the mu­seum's new lay­out, which not only draws at­ten­tion to the artis­tic qual­ity of the ob­jects, but also to what they were they were used for, thus giv­ing the vis­i­tor an in­sight­ful glimpse into the ev­ery­day lives of the peo­ple who used them. Items are clas­si­fied in such a way that guests are taken on a jour­ney to into the world of the cul­ture and cus­toms of days gone by. The ex­hi­bi­tion space has rooms ded­i­cated to themes such as ce­ram­ics, house­hold ob­jects, ma­jolica and porcelain pieces, the Mediter­ranean (works created in the Mediter­ranean basin be­tween the 4th and 16th cen­turies), the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, the cham­ber of won­ders (non-func­tional ob­jects de­signed to repli­cate mon­u­men­tal sculp­tures) and the Sala Castel­lana, dis­play­ing the Bellini Pez­zoli glass col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing works from all over the world. Open Mon-Sun from 9am to 5.30pm.

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