Palazzo e Pinacoteca di Brera

Napoleon stands naked in the courtyard of this 17th-century palazzo in the neighbourhood called Brera, sculpted and cast in bronze by Canova in the guise of the Mars the Peacemaker. Inside is a premier-league collection of art, founded by Napoleon and harvested from the local religious institutions.

Among its treasures are the celebrated 'Dead Christ' by Mantegna (an extraordinary feat of foreshortening), 'The Marriage of the Virgin' by Raphael, a fine array of work by the Venetian artists Giovanni Bellini, Tintoretti, Veronese, Tiepolo, Canaletto and Guardi, plus work by a host of big non-Italian masters such as El Greco, Rubens and Rembrandt.

The 20th-century section includes work by De Chirico, and the Italian Futurists: Severini, Boccioni and Balla.

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