Ancient Art: the masterpieces
The paintings subsequently purchased by the Banca Cariplo in order to expand the initial nucleus include in particular three paintings attributed to Luca Giordano and two large canvases by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, now in the Palazzo Melzi d’Eril, belonging to the series of scenes in the life of Queen Zenobia. As regards sculpture, attention is drawn to the series of thirteen plaster reliefs by Antonio Canova once owned by Abbondio Rezzonico, nephew of Pope Clemente XIII, and now in Palazzo Confalonieri. The Foundation also owns the Santuario di San Giuseppe, located on Via Verdi in Milan, which was bought by the Cariplo in 1878. Designed by Richini, the church still retains the altarpieces by Melchiorre Gherardini and Giovanni Stefano Doneda, known respectively as Ceranino and Montalto.
Ancient Art: the Marcenaro bequest
The primary nucleus of the Ancient Art section consists of the private collection of Caterina Marcenaro, art historian and director of the Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso museums in Genoa. Bequeathed to the Cariplo in 1976, these works were examined by the art historian Federico Zeri.
Currently on temporary loan to the Museo Diocesano in Milan, the collection comprises ancient sculptures of stone and wood, some works of Eastern art, and paintings by Italian and European artists of the period up to the 18th century on both religious and secular subjects, including portraits, landscapes, views and still-life works.