Guided tours to discover the Virgin of the Rocks of the Borghetto

Borghetto's Virgin of the Rocks can be seen with guided tours at the church of San Michele del Dosso in Milan.

Starting January 30, 2019, it is possible to admire the Borghetto’s Virgin of the Rocks inside the church of San Michele del Dosso, on the premises of the congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of San Carlo in Milan.

It is a faithful copy of Leonardo’s original attributed to Francesco Melzi and made probably between 1517 and 1520.
The painting depicts the Virgin Mary, kneeling in the center of the scene, the archangel Gabriel protecting the infant Jesus with his arm and pointing to the little Saint John; the latter is in the act of prayer facing the Child. Jesus is seated in the foreground and is depicted making the gesture of blessing toward the little Saint John.
The leading figures in the painting have a rocky landscape in the background, created with an extraordinary illusion of depth.

The tour is exclusively guided and lasts half an hour (minimum 3 - maximum 15 people). Visits in English and Japanese are possible upon request (minimum 3 participants). Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

For info:

Hours: Monday to Friday 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: 8.50 euros, 5 euros for over 65s. Free for children under 12.

Image: Francesco Melzi (attributed), Madonna and Child, St. John and an Angel (Virgin of the Rocks of Borghetto) (1517-1520; tempera and oil on canvas, 198 × 122 cm; Milan, Congregazione delle Suore Orsoline di San Carlo)

Guided tours to discover the Virgin of the Rocks of the Borghetto
Guided tours to discover the Virgin of the Rocks of the Borghetto

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