Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

By Fabio DeMartino

The Sforzesco Castle in Milan is one of the biggest historical landmarks in the city and worthy of a visit, partly because it houses several amusing museums. This castle in Milan dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries and was the residence of the Sforzesco family who ruled Milan during this time.

The Sforzesco Castle in Milan has its own art gallery that is open to the public. The art gallery at this castle in Milan houses quite a substantial collection of Italian and European art mainly from the renaissance period. Some of the well known works of art housed in this castle belong to artists such as Bellini, Correggio, Mantegna and Van Dyck.

Behind this castle in Milan are the grounds which today function as a public garden. The total area of the garden is about 50 hectares and contains beautiful flower beds making it a good place to relax for a while to get away from the hustle and bustle of Milan.

Historic and religious architecture can be found in the Cathedral of Milan and it is no exaggeration to say that the tour of Milan begins from here. This Cathedral erected in the 14th century went through changes in its structure throughout the centuries.

Today the cathedral in Milan is the fourth biggest in the World and has the capacity to hold 40,000 people. The basic architectural style of this cathedral in Milan is Gothic which is most clearly seen in the spires on the cathedral that number over 100. Aside from the enchanting architecture of the Cathedral in Milan, it also houses a large number of statues of various religious figures from Christian and Italian history.

Perhaps the most popular of these statues on the cathedral is a copper statue of the Virgin Mary situated on top of the longest spire in the cathedral which is more than 100 metres in length. For an excellent view of Milan you can go to the roof of the Cathedral, although this costs 4 Euros whereas entrance to the general grounds of the Cathedral in Milan is free.

Milan houses one of the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci the world acclaimed painter and it is the Last Supper that belonged to the 15th century and which depicted the last supper Jesus had with his disciples. It was during the supper that he revealed that one of them would betray him.

Although the painting has declined at various times over the last five centuries, it has been largely re-established with meticulous care and is available for the public to view.

A prior appointment well in advance is required to see this wonderful work of art in Milan. 6 Euros have to be paid as the fee to have a view of this art at the allotted time.

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