The Poldi Pezzoli Museum, founded in 1881 by collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and his mother Rosa Trivulzio, is a non-profit organization and one of the most impressive house-museums in Europe.
The well known collectors, the Trivulzio family was mightily cultural and well endowed with one of the most splendid art collections in the XIX century, still today housed in the family home in central Milan.
The museum presents important paintings, jewels, carpets, lacework, textiles, furnishings, and sculptures among many other objects. Paintings by Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Cesare da Sesto, Piero della Francesca, Solario and Cesare da Sesto, to name but a few, are shown and gives the visitors a hint of the quality of the exhibits. The art collection also includes Antonio Pollaiuolo’s “Portrait of a Lady,” which today is an icon of Milan’s own style and elegance in the field of art.
The house still has many original furnishings that give visitors an idea of how it was when the generous Trivulzio family lived in the building back in the second half of the 18th century.
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum is also very active in organizing events and exhibitions in Italy and abroad, coordinating conservation and research work, coordinating studies and publishing books at a national and international level.
It is just one in a very well organized network of house-museums originally belonging to collectors living in Milan that include the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, the Boschi di Stefano Historic house Museum, and Villa Necchi Campiglio.
The house museum is situated in one of the most elegant neighbourhoods in central Milan, in via Gerolamo Morone, just a five minute walk from Armani’s Milan flagship store on via Manzoni, Milan’s high street for brand shopping, Via Montenapoleone, the Bulgari Hotel and other sought after addresses in the city.