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Known for being the fashion center of the world and home to some of the best contemporary art, Milan is a historic city full of breathtaking architecture and culture. A unique blend of visual and media art with fashion and design make Milan the perfect destination for contemporary culture in Italy. Although Milan is not as well known for its museums, unlike Rome and Florence, the city does however have its fair share of art spaces. It is one of the few places that you will find artworks from the likes of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci (most notably The Last Supper), as well as some modern masterpieces.
During some of Europe’s most historically significant art movements - from the 14th century Gothic era to the Futurism era of the 20th century - Milan was at the centre of these movements, and finds itself a major player in the international contemporary art scene. This art history is greatly reflected in both old and new galleries across the city. The Pinacoteca di Brera is home to one of the main art collections of the Renaissance art in Italy, including masterpieces from the likes of Piere Della Francesca, Bellini, and many more. Gallerie d’Italia is housed over three charming adjoining mansions that exhibit two main periods: the 19th and 20th century. The stunning design of the museum coupled with the numerous masterpieces it showcases makes it a must-see destination for all art-lovers.
Milan has been a hotspot for creativity ever since the Medieval period where Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous ‘The Last Supper’ on the wall in Basilica di Santa Maria Delle Grazie. Nowadays, the museums exhibit collections from the early Renaissance to the neoclassical era, as well as more cutting-edge 21st century art. One of the many museums we would recommend is the Poldi Pezzoli Museum. This is one of the most significant museums in Europe and showcases one of the finest 19th century collections. Another great museum is Museo del Novecento which is dedicated to Milan’s superb collection of 20th century art.