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Pinacoteca di Brera is an art gallery located in the homonymous district. It is an oasis of tranquility, with a different atmosphere than the rest of the city: art, shops and streets closed to traffic characterize the area, reachable in a few minutes from the "Secondo Pensiero" B & B.
Palazzo Brera, beyond the Pinacoteca, also hosts other cultural institutions, such as the Braidense Library, the Astronomical Observatory, the Academy of Fine Arts and the wonderful Botanical Garden.
Founded in 1776 by the will of Maria Theresa of Austria, the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera initially collected a few works, mainly for educational purposes. Then the collection was enlarged and the Pinacoteca opened to the public in 1809. During the nineteenth century, thanks to the suppression of many religious orders, paintings and works were included in the requirements of churches and convents, this is why there are many sacred works.
Today the museum collects some of the greatest masterpieces of Italian and foreign artists from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century such as Piero della Francesca with the Pala Montefeltro, Andrea Mantegna, (Christ Dead), Raphael, (the Marriage of the Virgin) Bramante, (Christ at the Column) Caravaggio (the Dinner in Emmaus) as well as Tintoretto, Giovanni Bellini, Rubens, Van Dyck and Francesco Hayez.
Remarkable is the bronze statue of Napoleon that welcomes visitors in the courtyard of the main entrance of the Palace.
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