Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini ☆☆

The museum, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Milan, Italy (Photo by Dominik Matus)
The museum

The best works from small church museums and treasuries across Milan and Lombardy

Opened in November 2001, this museum brings together the best works from church treasuries across Lombardy, from the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio on down, alongside works of religious significance donated from various private collections.

Among the works from the now-defunct Museo di Sant'Ambrogio is an important 10C carved wooden tondo of S. Ambrogio.

The Crespi collections include many 14C and early 15C Gothic works by such Tuscan-school masters as Bernardo Daddi, Sano di Pietro, Agnolo Gaddi, Taddeo di Bartolo, Bicci di Lorenzo, and Nardo di Cione.

The giant, excellently preserved 1510 altarpiece of saints by Marco d'Oggiono came from the church of S. Stefano.

Other paintings include works by the prolific 16th-century Campi clan of Cremona, a Tintoretto Christ and the Adulterer, a luminous Crucifixion with Mary Magdalene by Francesco Hayez, many late 15th-century paintings by local boy Il Begognone, 17th- and 18th-century landscapes by Panini, Zuccarelli, and others, and Previati's important Via Crucis cycles from the 1880s.

And what would a church museum be without a passel of 17C Flemish tapestries?

There are free audioguides in English, and lots of helpful multimedia panels scattered throughout the museum.

Milan's Museo Diocesano is actually now part of the broader Chistori di Sant’Eustorgio, a complex including the Museo della Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio (a typical collection of church artifacts), the Reanaissance Cappella Portinari (possibly designed by Michelozzo, with 15C frescoes by Vincenzo Foppa and a gorgeous Gothic tomb called the Arco di San Pietro Martire (Pietro da Verona's tomb) carved in Carrara marble by Giovanni di Balduccio da Pisa in 1336–39), and the excavated remains of a Paleochristian cemetery

This entire complex is set just inside the Parco delle Basiliche, a collection of grass-fringed paths, playgrounds, and volleyball courts created just after World War II on the site of Milan's ancient execution grounds.

Photo gallery
  • The museum, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Dominik Matus)
  • The Basilica of Sant
  • The right nave, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • A panel on the Arco di San Pietro Martire (1336–39) by Giovanni di Balduccio da Pisa, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • Madonna and Child (1613) by Andrea Mainardi, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • The Cappella Portinari, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • Miracle of the Cloud and Miracle of the False Madonna (1468) by Vincenzo Foppa in the Cappella Portinari, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art)
  • Miracle of the Cloud and Miracle of the False Madonna (1468) by Vincenzo Foppa in the Cappella Portinari, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art)
  • The nave, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by A ntv)
  • Two statues representing the Virtues on the Arco di San Pietro Martire (1336–39) by Giovanni di Balduccio da Pisa, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • A panel on the Arco di San Pietro Martire (1336–39) by Giovanni di Balduccio da Pisa, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • The facade of Sant
  • La capsella argentea di San Nazaro, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Carlo Dell
  • A cloister, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • Apollo e Marsia (18C) by Giovanni Paolo Panini, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints (1524) by Marco d
  • San Giuseppe e il Bambino (17C) by Guido Reni, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Reliquary displaying the right thumb of Thomas Aquinas, crafted in France in the 17C/18C, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • The Paleochristian cemetery, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • An etching of a man praying on a stone in the Paleochristian cemetery, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
  • Funerary plaque for Bartolo de Marino (1302), moved from the church above into the Paleochristian cemetery, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Italy (Photo by Giovanni Dall
 

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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).