Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Sala Federiciana May 18 – June 18 2017

On of the anatomy plates of the volume

On Thursday May 18 2017, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana of Milan adheres to the International Museum Day, promoted by the ICOM – International Council of Museums.

For the occasion, until June 18, in the Sala Federiciana, the book Traité d’Anatomie descriptive, physiologique et pittoresque à l’usage des artistes, published in Brussels-Leipzig in 1861, will be displayed. The book, owned by the Ambrosian Library, fully reflects the theme chosen for this edition of the International Museum Day: Museums and controversial stories: telling the unspeakable in the museums.

Its peculiarity lies in the binding in female human skin, made by Gustave Rykers in Brussels in 1879. What would today be regarded as macabre and unacceptable, between the XVII and XIX centuries was a not too remote practice that took the name of anthropodermic bibliopegy.

The exhibition hall, set up in the Sala Federiciana, the ancient reading room of the Library, where today the Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo da Vinci and the Basket of fruit by Caravaggio are displayed, presents a didactic apparatus that will allow the public to discover the cultural background and the reasons why the Traité d’Anatomie has come to this day.

For the occasion, an entrance ticket dedicated exclusively to the Sala Federiciana, is available. It is possible to combine the visit of the Sala Federiciana with that of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the admission to the ancient crypt of San Sepolcro and the Roman Forum, just near the exhibition venue. For information: http://www.criptasansepolcromilano.it/biblioteca.


Traité d’Anatomie descriptive, physiologique et pittoresque à l’usage des artistes

Milan Pinacoteca Ambrosiana – Sala Federiciana (entrance from Piazza San Sepolcro)

May 18 – June 18, 2017

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6pm


Sala Federiciana only: 7 €;

Sala Federiciana + Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: 15 €

Sala Federiciana + San Sepolcro Crypt and Roman Forum: 16 €

Guided tours: 12 €, only with reservation at www.labibliotecadelcardinale.it

Tickets for single visitors available at:

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ticket office, Piazza Pio XI, 2

Ticket office Cripta San Sepolcro, Piazza San Sepolcro

Online at www.labibliotecadelcardinale.it


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