L’Arte del Dono. Da Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli a Oggi
Flemish painter, Portrait of a gentleman Flanders, early 17th century. Donation Maria Eugenia Callegaro Maganzini 2020.


Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 12, 20121 Milano MI


17 Nov 2022 - 27 Feb 2023



L’Arte del Dono. Da Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli a Oggi

The exhibition, curated by Annalisa Zanni, Director of the Museum, and Federica Manoli, Collection Manager of the Museum, presents 39 works including paintings, sculptures, clocks, cabinets and fans, covering a chronological span from the 14th to the 20th century.

The exhibition opens with an animated image of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli reproduced on a LEDwall that introduces the exhibition’s themes, flanked by a QR code that provides access to the list of all the Museum’s donors since 1881, the year of its opening. The first work visitors encounter is the 14th-century triptych attributed to Niccolò di Ser Sozzo, which will enrich the Poldi Pezzoli’s collection of gold fonds. The central area of the Fresco Hall gathers works of different types from the 15th and 16th centuries: a triptych by Maestro from 1416, a wooden relief depicting the Imago pietatis by Pietro Bussolo of Lombardy, the Virgin reading, an extraordinary work attributed to the early activity of Antonello da Messina, and three cabinets covered with embossed and damascened steel plaques of Milanese workmanship that, with those already in Museum, constitute one of the most important collections of furnishings of this type.