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Brera Art Gallery – The 5 treasures of the museum

One of the most important museums in Milan is the famous Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) which is located inside the Palazzo di Brera itself. Undoubtedly, its glory and notoriety are due to the impressive collection of fantastic works of art that encompass a period of time from the fourteenth century to the twentieth century.

Among the treasures kept here there are 5 in particular on which we want to dwell.

The first one is the “Flagellation of Christ” a work of Luca Signorelli, that the artist painted in 1475. In the painting Christ is depicted in the center, tied to a column which is surmounted by a bronze statuette. Other figures, characterized by a strong dynamism, turn around him.

Then there is the “Cristo Morto” (Dead Christ) by Andrea Mantegna, whose peculiarity is given by the point of view from which Christ is painted, that is, lying down and at the point of death. But there is also “Lo Sposalizio della Vergine” (The Marriage of the Virgin). It’s a work of art dating back to 1504 by Raphael, which depicts the moment in which Mary receives the wedding ring from St. Joseph.

The figures behind are all the suitors of the Virgin Mary and each of them was holding a stick, waiting for some sort of divine sign. But only St. Joseph’s flourished, and we know the rest of the story.

The “Sacred Conversation” by Piero Della Francesca is one of the most famous Renaissance works in the world and represents the Madonna on the throne, with the sleeping child, who is surrounded by saints and angels. To bow before her is curiously the commissioner of the work, that is Federico Da Montefeltro.

Finally, last but not least, of this reduced classification, there is “The Kiss” by Hayez. Among the representatives of Romanticism there is this masterpiece of art, whose meaning, however, has nothing to do with love. In fact, the painting celebrates the alliance between Italy and France, symbolically given by the colors of the two national flags.

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