SIGHTSEEING & MUSEUMS
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum continues its growth with the opening of three new rooms designed to further enhance and diversify its cultural presentations.
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum continues its growth with the opening of new spaces
Since it first opened its doors to the public in 1881, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum – an elegant ‘palazzo' housing a wonderfully eclectic collection of art located just steps from via Montenapoleone – has been a favourite cultural haunt of the Milanese. Formerly the private residence of nobleman Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1822-1879), the museum's permanent collection features a selection of paintings, antique furniture, ceramics, textiles and glass objet d'art, plus an area dedicated entirely to Renaissance weaponry. In keeping with the visionary project of its former owner, the museum was recently enhanced with three new rooms. These are harmoniously connected to the historic heart of the palazzo via a long corridor that opens onto the Portrait Gallery (see photo), where signature pieces include Renaissance paintings by artists such as Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca and Tiepolo, followed by a second room dedicated to rare prestigious archaeological finds. This unique experience sheds light upon the taste and passion of one of Europe's most important collectors between the 18th and 19 centuries. A collection of timepieces, originating from a private Milanese collection, is the highlight of the third exhibition space that offers an overview of the technical and artistic evolution of the watch from the 16th through 20th century. Thanks to a collaborative agreement with Pisa Orologeria, this space will host a temporary exhibition titled ‘Il Tempo degli Orologi' until the end of March. This exhibition comprises a series of educational activities, in-depth analyses and musical programs exploring the techniques of goldsmithing, the art of decorating cases and dials with enamel, and themes related to the collection of objet d'art both past and present (www.pisaorologeria.com). >> Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm. Closed on Tuesday. Via Manzoni, 12. M3 Montenapoleone. T: 02 794889. www.museopoldipezzoli.it