Castles are the best. And Castles that have been turned into museums? EVEN BETTER. In Milan, there is the super duper cool Castello Sforzesco, a castle full to the gills with a ton of medieval and renaissance sculpture. AND a frescoed ceiling by Leonardo da Vinci (which you won’t have to wait in line for, like another, ahem, fresco by him in Milan, which shall remain nameless *cough Last Supper cough*). While Leonardo’s Sala delle Asse isn’t the subject of a Dan Brown novel (pity), it is awfully pretty. (Which is poorly represented by the photos here. I’m having issues with my photo library on my computer, so I’m relying on wikipedia images in this post. Joy)
So in addition to pretty Leonardo rooms there are a ton of sculptures including the bitching equestrian monument of Bernabò Visconti, which is awesome and looks like this:
And as cool as super stiff equestrian monuments are, they are not quite as cool as the sculpture that Michelangelo, who was wracked with religious fervor and also in his 80s, was working on when he died. I give you the Rondanini Pietà:
One of the classic examples of Michelangelo’s incomplete works, the Rondanini Pietà is perhaps the sculptor’s most moving example of this theme (there are three Michelangelo Pietàs– one each in Milan, Florence, and the extra-famous one in St. Peter’s in Rome), because it is so unfinished and demonstrates his process and how he was working out and changing how these figures should appear (that weird stump in the front? That’s an arm, a giant, giant arm). Love it.
And guess how many people you’ll be crammed in with when you’re looking at this Michelangelo???
The Castello Sforzesco is the BEST.