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“The Wallace Collection of Milan”

Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Owner description: This fine museum houses an exquisite collection of art, furnishings and historic arms, including Antonio Pollaiuolo's "Portrait of a Lady," which has become an icon for Milan's own style and elegance.
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“The Wallace Collection of Milan”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

If you have been to London and liked the Wallace Collection then this museum cannot be missed. it is housed in a private palace which is very impressive indeed with magnificent chandeliers, wallpapers, carvings on the ceilings etc, alone the wonderful curved staircase taking one upstairs with the fountain at its foot is beautiful. There are the most fantastic paintings here as well as sculptures and cabinets filled with curiosities. During our visit there was an exhibition of furniture made from textiles which managed to look not at all displaced amongst the priceless other items. we were mesmerised by this museum and would definitely return on another trip to Milan.

Visited April 2014
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“A jewel of a museum”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

This private museum is an absolute jewel. It has the most beautiful Botticelli Virgin and Child that I have ever seen. The whole palazzo is beautifully lit and the breadth of the collection is astonishing. Besides the Piero della Francesca Montefeltro Alterpiece in the Brera, this was the highlight of my visit to Milan. This is a collection for the educated eye.

Visited March 2014
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Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

The first thing you see in the museum is the "Wunderkammer", which is in fact a collection of curiosities and art. Royals and nobility began to collect interesting objects from nature (naturalia), and objects made by man (artificialia) in the 16th century, to show their wealth. Collections were not centred around one specific area of interest, but very diverse in character. Close to the Scala and the Piaza del Duomo. I did find the entrance fee rather high, though. The house itself is a Wunderkammer as well. All in all: worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Creativity & Curiosity”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Museo Poldi Pezzoli starts with a ‘Wunderkammer’, an amazing cabinet of curiosities. Here’s a chance to wonder at, delight in or be appalled by objects that are at least curious and frequently bizarre – a narwhal tusk, a Pre-Columbian mask, a mounted elephant tusk, a necklace of carved fruit stones, a cup made from rhino horn, a water carrier made from a coco de mer, false marble objects made from animal bladders, a triumphal golden carriage clock (the ‘Carriage of Diana’) and much more. (‘Wunderkammer. Art, Nature, Wonder yesterday and today’, ends 2nd March 2014)

The grand and ornate staircase leads to a labyrinth of rooms that puts the visitor into what is in effect a wunderkammer on a large scale, rooms full of paintings, sculpture, glass, jewellery, textiles, netsuke and ceramics. Every room offers something of delight, perhaps a single painting (Portrait of a Woman, Piero, del Pollaiolo), a sculpture (Trust in God, Lorenzo Bartolini) or a panel of stained glass. Sometimes whole rooms start one wondering: The Armoury, how did men fight so encumbered by ironmongery?; in a room full of Madonnas and Child the babys’ adoring, grumpy, sleepy and vacant faces might demystify Jesus’ divinity.

If there is one thing that epitomised the strangeness and the sense of discovery that the Poldi Pezzoli offered when we visited it was the vase of lilies standing on the Rocco fountain at the bottom of the stairs. On close inspection the blooms were seen to be made of rabbit ears and tails. In all of Milan this is perhaps the best place to contemplate humankind’s creativity and curiosity.

Three tips: there is a lot to see and if your time is short buy the Museum’s ‘Slow Time’ guide, which introduces the collection and leads you to 15 of the most beautiful objects; photography is permitted, without flash; and there are generous discounts for seniors.

Visited December 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Unusual treasures in the heart of Milan”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Moments away from other city highlights such as La Scala and the Duomo, this museum houses a collection of incredible 'curiosities' collected over time, including armour, paintings by great masters, absolutely stunning coral and golden jewelry from all centuries, wonderful Japanese netsuke of animals, people, gods, and demons, porcelain goods, and intricate furniture - all in a beautiful building, with a fountain and goldfish, too! The information is clearly presented in English and Italian, the staff is helpful, and we spent over an hour wandering around the rooms, marveling at everything we saw, which included all sorts of objects we never knew existed. I had never heard of this museum before, but now that I've visited, I'm keen to spread the word!

Visited November 2013
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