Gallerie D'Italia - from Canova to Boccioni

It was my last day in Milan. We visited Gallerie D'Italia, a gorgeous art gallery converted from a bank's building, historical and splendid. It features 19th and 20th century art collection owned by Intesa Sanpaolo. Thanks for its generosity.  Admission is free. The location is central, at the Piazza Scala.

Close to the entrance of Gallerie D'Italia was the exhibition of Rodolfo Arico.  But aligning with the tag line of the gallery, from Canova to Boccioni, I'll show you first Antonio Canova, my first beloved sculptor when I saw Psyche and Cupid in the Louvre in Paris back to 1991.  The gallery is devoted to art in 19th and 20th century.  The 19th century gallery is divided into 13 sections.  Section 1 is themed with Canova's 13 pieces elegant and graceful bas reliefs, from Homeric epic to Socratic ethics, from Christian virtues to enlightened philanthropy.

At time there was the exhibition of Rodolfo Arico.  It showcased his highly dramatic and expressive works.


Nearby is the twentieth century collection.  Art pieces are spread in 12 sections.

Various artist flight for your attention with abstract subjects and bright colours.  Those shown here are from Achille Perilli, Dadamaino (Eduarda Maino), Enrico Baj, Enrico DonatiLucio FontanaMimmo Paladino, Pietro Consagra, Stefano Arienti and Toni Costa.


Between the sections I was attracted to a Girl Walking by Michelangelo Pistoletto.  Green blazer, skirt and handbag.  Sharp and delighted. Perhaps, it's because I like green.

I prefer the nineteen century art.  It is easier to perceive and understand. Of all I saw in the gallery I like very much the paintings from Francesco Hayez.  They are very vivid.  Each character is telling you a story.  And each individual section can be a painting on its own.  It is difficult to forget the scenes and their dramatic expressions.


Numerous paintings of life are displayed.  Some depict Milan such as the Cathedral, Navigli Canal and street scenes.  Some describe wars and all kinds of distress associated.


Life in the past was sad. Let's move to some more symbolic paintings. Like this by Filippo Carcano. It reminded me of Jesus as the good shepherd. Still symbolic and poetic.

Fairy tales!  This was my impression when I watched the symbolic paintings.  Freedom, magic, intimacy, another world and happiness were flipping on my mind.  The artists are: Giulio AristideGaetano Previati and Bartolomeo Giuliano.


Last and a must: Umberto Boccioni.  I like the early Divisionism paintings, very different brushstrokes from his other futuristic work.

Donna in giardino, Umberto Boccioni

Three Women, Umberto Boccioni
6 Piazza della Scala, Milan


Roofed Belverdere Palazzo Lombardia, Milan

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan is the main seat of the Lombardy government. It is a complex of buildings including a 39-level skyscraper.  On the top is a huge covered terrace, opened every Sunday from 10am onwards.  We had a fantastic panoramic view over Milan. On even better days, one can see the snow mountains from far.

Once we were at the building of Palazzo Lombardia Milan we saw a short queue.  Security guards escorted us to the lift at the time of the opening.  We could take the second lift.  Within seconds we could have the whole Milan under our feet.

Let's start from the buildings of the closest to furtherest. Nearby is the Uni Credit Tower and Square in the new 'Porta Nuova' area.  It was the highest skyscraper in Milan when it was opened in 2012.  It has a lovely square with many shops and a big Esselunge supermarket.  People are always around. One corner of it is extended to Corso Garibaldi and further to the city centre.

Connected to the neighbour district Isola is a new green park.  At time, wheat was planted. Nice to see the green to sooth the eyes in the big bustle city. Isola means island.  It is a 19th century working class and sleepy residential area but has been expanded in the recent years. Families, young professionals and some TV celebrities are moving into the district.  Housing prices soar. For example, an apartment with terrace gardens at Bosco Verticale cost €1m to €10.8m in mid 2014.

Another close spot is the Central Railway Station.  It is the second largest railway station in Italy.  Not only as a transport hub but it serves many functions such as shopping, wine and dine.


The other direction is Milan's central cemetery, Clmitero Monumentale.  The place is dotted with artistic and beautiful tombs and monuments.

Leo Burnett has grouped with its sister companies together in an area not far away from the Zara district.  The design is innovative, with different colour blocks in a quiet, not so much visited district, Maciachini.

If you view the panorama as various circumferences, significant buildings positioned in the middle are the Cathedral and Sforzesco Castle.   Splendid and elegant!  Eternal beauties!


Now, let's go to the furtherest circumference.  You will see a magnificent and round-shape convention centre and nearby the AC Milan Museum.


Moving to the left, you will notice a high modern building, II Dritto - Torre Isozaki.  In future, another two modern buildings, from Zaha Hadid and Liebeskind, will be completed to form a complex of CityLife Office Tower in Milan.

Neighbour to the Torre Dritto are residences designed by Zaha Hadid and Liebeskind.  They are modern and luxurious homes to the rich.

Liebeskind Residences in Milan
Expo is still a hot topic in Milan now.  From the top of the Lombardy Palace, you can barely see the Expo buildings, with a bit of imagination and visualisation.   They are behind the Barcelo Hotel.  The photo underneath is a new bridge for the Expo and the Italian Pavilion behind.

The above are the sights from the roof. When you descend to the ground floor, also take a look of the arts surrounding. There are various beautiful columns.