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The exhibition “The Raffaello of Ambrosiana. In the beginning the cardboard” at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana of Milano is an opportunity to admire one of the most extraordinary works that have ever been preserved in the Italian museums.

The cardboard of the School of Athens of Raphael, returned to shine in all its beauty after a restoration lasted almost five years, shows to the general public the quality and the artistic greatness of the only Renaissance cardboard surviving up to the present day in its entirety.

The guided tour will start from the historical contextualization of the endeavour of the Vatican Rooms, to which Raphael waited from 1508 to 1511 at the service of Pope Julius II, realizing on previous frescoes, the four large walls dedicated to the representation of the ideal order of the humanistic culture: the School of Athens for Philosophy, the Parnassus for Poetry, the Dispute of the Sacrament for Theology and Virtue and the Law for Jurisprudence, in a rich and articulated iconographic program in the purest spirit of cultured Renaissance.

The School of Athens also presents, concealed behind the portraits of the most famous philosophers of antiquity, the features of contemporary artists, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael himself, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Bastiano da Sangallo and Donato Bramante, in a great tribute to the nobility of the art of painting which, at the beginning of the sixteenth century, tried more and more to assert itself as liberal art.

We will analyze then the various phases of the fresco technique, of which the cardboard represents a fundamental and very delicate passage, then we’ll dedicate ourselves to the critical fortune that the work of Raphael had who, thanks to the lesson of Michelangelo, comes to the magnificence of the architectural invention, of compositional wisdom, of variety of the attitudes of the characters and amplification of the draperies, to become a true model for centuries to come, inspiring also the Fourth State of Pellizza da Volpedo preserved in the Museum of the Twentieth Century.

What’s included

  • entrance ticket to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
  • two hours-guided tour led by a guide with regular professional licence.

What’s not included

  • tips (optional)
  • transport to reach the meeting point

Meeting point


Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano MI
Meeting 15 minutes before the start of the visit in front of the entrance to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund
  • 50% refund between 72 and 24 hours before the start of the visit
  • No refund within 24 hours before the start of the visit.

These experiences on scheduled dates are in partnership with MILANOGUIDA.

It is possible to organize private and customized guided tours, in different languages ( for information and prices please contact us)

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