Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi: A “Renaissance” Gem in the Heart of Milan

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
Bevilacqua Room, Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan

In Milan’s fashion district, time stands still, as if under an enchantment, at the Bagatti Valsecchi house museum. Entering this building is like entering a dream, and more specifically the collecting dream of the brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, who decided at the end of the nineteenth century to transform their family home into a princely residence inspired by those of sixteenth-century Lombardy. They spent years collecting valuable furnishings and household items from the Renaissance period. And when they could not find what they were looking for, they had it made in period style. Nostalgia for the past did not, however, translate into rejection of modern comfort. This elegant home was in fact one of the first to have electricity and running water.

Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi
Dining room, Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Milan

Each room in the home is a microcosm of its story. From the late nineteenth-century wall coverings in the Sala Bevilacqua to the sixteenth-century stained glass in the vestibule. Walnut panelling lends warmth to the walls in the Sala della Stufa Valtellinese and the Library, the latter packed with cabinets and scientific objects. The crimson and gold hues of the Camera Rossa are a magical sight. And, walking through these rooms, one frequently stumbles upon valuable pottery and fines sculptures and paintings, like Giovanni Bellini’s celebrated Santa Giustina.

Sito Privato Bagatti Valsecchi
Inner courtyard of the Bagatti Valsecchi Private Site

Leaving the house museum, in via Santo Spirito, art lovers can also visit the Sito Privato Bagatti Valsecchi and our gallery on the upper floor, which was once the home of the Italian singer Mina. Almost like a passing of the baton, full of good energy: from great music to great art.

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