The Poldi Pezzoli Museum is the former home of one of the most intelligent 19th century Milanese collectors: Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. It was his will that, after his death, the apartment should become a museum for ‘public use and benefit’.
The ambience is quite different from other museums, notably in the way it evokes the warmth, spirit and magnificence of the past.
Many masterpieces can be found here: the ‘Portrait of a Woman’ attributed to Piero del Pollaiolo; the ‘Mourning over the Death of Christ’ and the ‘Madonna and Child’ by Sandro Botticelli; the sweet and melancholic ‘Grey Lagoon’ by Guardi; Mantegna’s ‘Madonna with Sleeping Child’; not to mention works by Tiepolo, Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Vitale da Bologna, Pietro Lorenzetti, Boltraffio, Foppa, Cesare da Sesto and a processional cross attributed to Raffaello.
What makes this museum so unusual and attractive is the variety of its collections. In addition to paintings, there are jewels, watches, clocks and sundials, glasses, bronzes, Italian and European porcelain, arms and armours, tapestries, lace, furniture, and carpets; among these is a famous Persian Carpet with hunting scenes dated 1542/43, one of the oldest dated and signed carpets in the world.
The new Arms Gallery is also worth a visit. It was designed by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro and reopened to the public in the year 2000.
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