Pinatoeca di Brera is Milan’s feature public gallery exclusively for paintings. It is located in the artists’ district, Brera, within the Palazzo Brera. Behind the gallery is the Orto Botanico di Brera, a historical botanical garden.
As with a lot of Italian renaissance art, many of the paintings inside the Pinacoteca have religious significance. Expect to find dozens of similar-but-different portrayals of Jesus, saints, and the Virgin Mary.
A smaller portion of the gallery is reserved for more recent works. I particularly liked the detail in “The Kiss” by Francesco Hayez; the satin of the woman’s dress looks so real that it makes you want to touch it! “Human Flood” by Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo is representative of socialism and the emancipation of the worker.
My art history game is weak, so I’d implore you to use Google if you want more in-depth information about the Pinacoteca and the works inside it. Below are some snapshots of my favorite pieces from the gallery.