29 March 2016

Sforza Castle in Milan

One of 32 photographs from "Ricordo di Milano", a souvenir album published at the beginning of the 20th century. Visit nucius.org

Sforza Castle in Milan houses many city museums and art collections. Since 1896 it has hosted one of the largest artistic collections in Milan. It is one of the largest fortresses in Europe and located in the Piazza Castello in Milan. The castle also serves as the residence of the Duchy of Milan.

The construction of the castle began in the 14th century, and was rebuilt in 1450 by Francesco Sforza. The interior contains paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. After the uniting of Italy in the 19th century, the castle was transferred from military use to the city of Milan. Parco Sempione, one of the largest parks in the city, was created on the former parade grounds.

Today the castle is home to the Civic Museums. Inside, the Museo d’Arte Antica (Museum of Ancient Art) is custodian to the last masterpiece of Michelangelo, the Pietà Rondanini. It also hosts the Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery), Raccolta di Mobili (Furniture Collection), with pieces from the 15th to the 19th centuries; the Rocchetta, where one can admire the Museo delle Arti Decorative (Museum of Decorative Arts).