Library

Library

Library The library, planned to offer an ambiance well-suited for study and concentration, is furnished with built-in wooden cabinets. The room’s pictorial decoration, realized in 1887 by Luigi Cavenaghi, was inspired by the 16th century frescoes by Bergognone in the...
Exhibition Room

Exhibition Room

Exhibition Room Thanks to the project contributed by the Lissoni Associati studio, in June of 2015, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum inaugurated a new space: the exhibit room. Originally a changing room for Carolina and Giuseppe, the space changed functions many times,...
Arms Gallery

Arms Gallery

Arms Gallery In this long room, parallel to the Cupola Gallery on the other side of the Grand Salon, the two brothers displayed their collection of arms and armor, one of the distinctive traits of Lombard collecting. As is the rest of the house, antique examples are...
Atrium

Atrium

Atrium A staircase, solemn in style, leads from this room on the ground floor on the via Santo Spirito side to the first floor study. In the museum visit plan, the Atrium no longer functions as an entrance, but originally it and the monumental staircase allowed the...
Study

Study

Study In Fausto’s and Giuseppe’s day, this room was the first in which visitors entering on the via Santo Spirito side were welcomed on the first, or noble, floor. With its old paintings, carved furniture, elegant door frames and the two-tone marble floor, it hinted...
Dining Room

Dining Room

Dining Room The wall covering in this room is made up of four large panels derived from a pair of tapestries, woven in Brussels around 1570, depicting the life of the Persian king, Cyrus. On the left of the large fireplace, a door, today always closed, once lead to...
Grand Salon

Grand Salon

Grand Salon The Grand Salon, the house’s reception room par excellence, is the biggest room in the Bagatti Valsecchi home. The brothers created a room of double height, and embellished the wooden coffers of the ceiling with gilded carved pinecones. An articulated...
Green Room

Green Room

Green Room This room, adjacent to the matrimonial bedroom, was Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi’s bedroom. As other aristocratic gentlemen of his day, Giuseppe had his own private bedroom. On the tables, some liturgical objects are displayed, such as fifteenth and sixteenth...
Red Room

Red Room

Red Room The grand Sicilian bed of gilded wrought iron dominates the matrimonial bedroom of Carolina Borromeo and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi. The sumptuous ambiance of the room offers the right background for the collection of beautiful fifteenth and sixteenth century...
Room of the Valtellinese Stove

Room of the Valtellinese Stove

Room of the Valtellinese Stove This room is the first visitors encounter in the suite of Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi and his wife, Carolina Borromeo. It was used as a sitting room, and owes its name to the wooden wall paneling once gracing a room with a heating stove...
Bagatti Valsecchi Cabinet

Bagatti Valsecchi Cabinet

Bagatti Valsecchi Cabinet This small room off of the Gallery of the Cupola was originally part of a stairwell. Today, it has been arranged as if it were a gentleman’s dressing room. Visitors can nose around looking at photographs, or open drawers and little doors to...
Cupola Gallery

Cupola Gallery

Cupola Gallery The Cupola Gallery owes its name to the cupola with a skylight that hovers over it. Like the parallel Gallery of Arms, this space flanks the Grand Salon, and connects the two halves of the mansion, linking Fausto’s suite with that of his younger...
Labyrinth Passage

Labyrinth Passage

Labyrinth Passage This room derives its name from the ceiling decoration, inspired by the sixteenth century Room of the Labyrinth in the ducal palace in Mantua. On the octagonal table, a collection of small antique tools and objects of daily use is arranged, including...
Fausto’s Bathroom

Fausto’s Bathroom

Fausto’s Bathroom This seemingly sparsely decorated room is, in fact, the best expression of the Bagatti Valsecchi brothers’ philosophy for their home: love for the past and the art of the Italian Renaissance wedded to the search for then-modern comforts....
Vestibule

Vestibule

Vestibule A small vestibule decorated with two sixteenth century stained glass windows (The Dormition of St. Martha; The Crucifixion) leads to Fausto’s...
Room of the Valtellinese Bed

Room of the Valtellinese Bed

Room of the Valtellinese Bed Fausto’s bedroom has some of the most important pieces in the Bagatti Valsecchi collection. Among these are the sixteenth century polyptych of the Virgin and Christ Child with Saints by Giampietrino, as well as the bed decorated with...
Bevilacqua Room

Bevilacqua Room

Bevilacqua Room The Bevilacqua Room was the elegant private sitting room of Fausto Bagatti Valsecchi. Only in this room and in the Grand Salon are preserved the original precious wall coverings designed by the brothers for these rooms, and woven for them at the end of...
Room of the Fresco

Room of the Fresco

Room of the Fresco A vestibule leads to the Room of the Fresco, which derives its name from a 1495 work by Antonio Boselli, a painter from the area around Bergamo. Depicting the Madonna of Mercy, the fresco comes from the parish church of Ponteranica (province of...
Entrance stairway

Entrance stairway

Entrance stairway A stairway with a beautiful wrought iron balustrade leads from the ticket area of the museum to the first – or ‘noble,’ as the Italians call it – floor of the mansion. From here, visitors enter the first room of Fausto’s suite. Even if some areas in...