You don’t need to look elsewhere for a restaurant — the museum’s Pollaiolo Terrace is a lovely spot for a meal
The Museo Poldi Pezzoli began as the private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio. Having inherited a ludicrous fortune at a young age, Giacomo Poldi dedicated himself to a life of culture and carousing. His mother arranged the finest education possible for him, and his tastes were refined. Over the course of his life he accrued a truly remarkable collection of art.
During the 19th century the palace was rebuilt in its current Neoclassical style. During his travels in Europe Giacomo Poldi had been inspired by the house museum that was to become London’s V&A, and so on his return he had the rooms within restyled to match the paintings hung on the walls. In his will, Pezzoli left the house and its contents to the Brera academy; it was opened as a museum to the public in 1881.
The highlight of the museum its its impressive collection of Renaissance Italian paintings which includes masterpieces from Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca and Tiepolo, among others. Besides the paintings, Giacomo Poldi also had an eye for all manners of other treasures, including porcelain, watches, jewels, tapestries and suits of armour. It’s an exquisite collection, housed in an equally beautiful environment.
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