The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most prestigious art galleries in Milan, housing an impressive collection of Italian paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. In Fall is a great time to visit this world-class museum to admire its masterpieces without the summertime crowds. Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to seeing at the Pinacoteca di Brera this fall:

The Collection of Venetian Paintings

One of the strengths of the Pinacoteca di Brera is its excellent representation of the Venetian school of painting. In November, you can admire the rich colors and textures of works by Titian, Tintoretto, Lorenzo Lotto, and other famous names from the Venetian Renaissance. Don’t miss Titian’s “The Pentecost” with its vivid reds and the dramatic “Lamentation of Christ” by Lotto.

The Milan School Collection

The Pinacoteca has a whole room dedicated to the Milan school of painting from the Renaissance period. Here you can find works from local artists like Bramante and Bramantino who incorporated influences from Leonardo da Vinci. Bernardino Luini, another notable painter from the Milan school, is represented through his serene “Madonna del Roseto.”

The “Marriage of the Virgin” by Raphael

One of the most prized paintings in the Brera’s collection is Raphael’s “Marriage of the Virgin,” completed in 1504. This work from his Florentine period shows his mastery of perspective and graceful figures. It’s a must-see for any Raphael fan visiting Milan.

Caravaggio’s Dramatic Paintings

The museum has three monumental paintings by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio. Be sure to view the emotional “Supper at Emmaus” as well as his realistic “Mocking of Christ” and the grisly-headed “Medusa.” These dark and intensely lit works showcase Caravaggio’s signature chiaroscuro style.

The Collection of Northern European Paintings

While the Pinacoteca di Brera focuses on Italian art, the museum also has a section of paintings from Northern Europe. Here you can find rare works that made their way to Italy such as the vivid “Lamentation of Christ” by Rubens and atmospheric landscapes by Rembrandt.

Special Exhibits

In addition to the permanent collection, the Pinacoteca di Brera typically hosts special temporary exhibitions focused on specific artists or genres. Check their website closer to your visit for details on what special exhibits might be on display in November.

With its impressive collection of Italian masterpieces and Northern European gems, the Pinacoteca di Brera is a must-visit in Milan at any time of year. But Fall is an ideal season to explore this renowned art museum without the crowds and heat of summer. Follow this guide to make the most of your visit to the Brera Gallery this fall.