Perhaps the month of November hasn’t been the sunniest of all. Reading this in my post now might please certain people, who have been bombarded by my pictures of sunny Italy throughout September and October, while they were forced to stay inside watching the gloomy showers of rain pass by.
It also rains in Italy and this last month, according to Italian standards, it rained a lot.

The weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November might have been the worst so far. So, what do you do in Italy when it rains? Pretty much the same as in the Netherlands. You either lock yourself up inside your house and spend the day reading, cooking, watching online series, or, you go visiting something you would never take the time to do when the sun is shining. Well, we had already decided to go to Milan that weekend and were unperturbed by the bad weather, because we had come up with a solid plan. We would visit the Pinacoteca di Brera. Joined by two friends, we ventured outside and made our way through the crowded streets of Milan in direction of the Pinacoteca.

If there is something you should do on a rainy day, and you find yourself relatively close to Milan, is going to the Pinacoteca di Brera. They honestly don’t need any advertisement. They attract enough visitors on a daily basis, so I’m not suggesting this for their sake, but entirely for yours.
This place hosts a beautiful art collection. Mostly centered around late Medieval and Renaissance art, but with additional modern paintings as well. For example, in a corner of a room you might run into a Picasso. However, one of the main pieces of art to see there, is of course the Caravaggio (at least for me, because I could go into any museum if they had a Caravaggio on display).

I was smart enough not to take a picture of this particular painting. This is something you should see with your own eyes, and not just this one. There are many others which are worth a visit.
I did manage to take a picture of another painting, which was one of those many paintings hidden away, but still very precious and interesting. I suggest to go and check this one out for yourself as well.

(Allegoria della Calunnia by Lorenzo Leombruno 1477-1537)

Now you might wonder why the Pinacoteca struck me as so interesting when there are so many other art galleries in the world. What I specifically liked here, and something that managed to entertain me for more than three hours (unfortunately, we didn’t have more time), were the extra notes beside or underneath many paintings, giving you a small assignment to look for something in particular, or to look at it in a certain way, to take a step back or a step forward, to link a certain painting to another painting in the same room, etc. It gives you not just one, but many entirely different views and interpretations.

Personally, I would like to visit it at least once more, if only to stand in front of that magnificent Caravaggio again.

From Italy with love,

Merel