24 Mar-4 June. Exhibition inspired by pope’s visit.
The visit of Pope Francis to Milan and Monza on 24 March provided the inspiration for a special exhibition of paintings of the saints particularly revered over the centuries in Milan and Rome at the Palazzo Reale.
Works by Tiziano, Guercino and Maratta are among the 44 paintings on loan from the Vatican Museums, the Italian Treasury, the Fabbrica di S. Pietro and other collections, covering the period from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
Favourites saints in Italy are St Francis of Assisi and St Catherine of Siena, proclaimed patron saints of Italy by Pius XII in 1939. Saints Peter and Paul, protectors of Rome since the first century AD, and Saints Ambrose and Carlo Borromeo, patrons of Milan, are also high points in the collection.
The exhibition is open on Mondays from 14.30 to 19.30 and on other days of the week from 09.30 to 19.30, extended on Thursdays and Saturdays until 22.30.