I wanted to see the Brera, which has been run for the last three years by James Bradburne, brought in as part of a cohort of international directors to modernise Italian museum practice.
The Brera was established on 15 August 1809 by Napoleon, no less, as a way of centralising the art treasures of northern Italy in a single location. He presides:-
James likes a slightly theatrical style of display with ample labels, more than is normal, written conversationally.
And a Madonna and Child:-
And a late Mantegna (c.1485):-
Signorelli’s Flagellation (1482-5):-
More wonderful Crivelli’s, including an altarpiece from Camerino with a view of the city:-
And the broken pod of a broad bean:-