Madonnas in the Castle
The Virgin Mary is the highest expression of womanhood for the Catholic Church, which is why I want to introduce you to the ‘Madonnas of the Castle’ and the artistic ferment in the late 14th century centering on Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the first Duke of Milan. We will discover a number of portraits of Madonnas in the hushed rooms of the Pinacoteca and learn the stories behind them. Some reveal the techniques that Leonardo da Vinci taught his students while others reflect the rigid rules of the 17th-century Baroque Counter-Reformation. The most secular and beautiful portrait is by Tiepolo (18th century), the last great master of traditional Veneto painting, who masterfully depicts Mary bathed in radiant light.
Authorised guide for the province of Milan, she has collaborated with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum since 1988 and teaches Italian to foreign adults, putting together visits for them around the city.