Guided Tours in Milan

Poldi Pezzoli Museum

Museum Poldi Pezzoli

Museum hours: 8:30 - 18:30 Duration: two hours Availability: Tue - Sun Meeting time: on request

Museum in the former private house of Gian Giacomo Poldi-Pezzoli, housing not only fine examples of arms and armour from the 14th to the 17th centuries. This remarkable portrait of Florentine woman painted around 1470 by Piero del Pollauiolo can be seen in Museum. Silhouette of her shapely profile is used as a museum logo.
The founder of the museum, Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, had a strong vocation for art collecting which was deeply rooted in his family tradition and XIXth century social environment of Milan. Gian Giacomo inherited this hobby from his grandfather, Prince Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, who owned a distinguished collection of works of art now mainly conserved in the Musei Civici of Milan. After 1846 Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli began to collect art works personally under supervision of handful counsellors and antiquaries, and his friends art historian Giovanni Morelli and the painter and professor of the Brera Academy Giuseppe Bertini. He had special sentiment in arms and armour. The purchasing of XVIIth century sword initiated the beginning of his marvelous collection and later museum. As time passed his primary passion of collecting arms and ancient armour was widened up by precious objects, enamels, jewellery, carpets, tapestries, glass and porcelains, alongside with paintings and sculptures mainly from the Renaissance period and the Venetian Eighteenth century. One room in his museum he devoted to works by Bernardino Luini and the Lombard school of painters. After Gian Giacomo's death Giuseppe Bertini became the first director of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum and remarkably increased its collection of painting and textile collections. Thanks to generous bequests by private collectors, the museum's collection has been enriched by the acquisition of paintings, mechanical clocks and sundials, laces and embroideries.

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