Brera. History and Masterpieces.

By Sanrina Bandera

Printed: 2009

Publisher: Skira. Milano

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 25 × 29 × 2 cm

Language: English

Signed by: Author

Size (cminches): 25 x 29 x 2

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In the original dustsheet. Brown board binding with white title on the spine.

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In its grandeur, its culture and its history. The image of its works, its masterpieces, its rooms, the dominant colours, its more precious and unique corners, its light. This volume seeks to lay bare the soul of the Pinacoteca di Brera and give a helping hand to anyone who wants to get to know it or to visit it again. This soul is not just concrete and vibrant, but is continually changing. It is enriched with new acquisitions, new systems of display and new messages and contents.
Set up as a fundamental part of the teaching and training activity of the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, one of the most prestigious institutions created in the late eighteenth century by the reformist government of Maria Theresa of Austria and supported by the Enlightenment culture of Verri and Beccaria, the gallery was given official status in 1809 by the Napoleonic government of Eugène de Beauharnais, on the model of the Louvre. Within a few years the collections had been enriched with masterpieces that came not just from the local ecclesiastical patrimony but also from confiscations made by the French troops in the territories they had conquered, in the Veneto and Central Italy. As a result it immediately became, of the three museums founded in Italy by Napoleon, in Milan, Venice and Bologna, the one chosen to represent the Emperor’s magnificence. Right from the start, the Gallery acquired paintings by Raphael, Giovanni Bellini, Bramantino, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Federico Barocci, Annibale Carracci, Gentileschi, Guido Reni and Guercino

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