The Museum Bagatti Valsecchi opens its doors for a private visit
A tale written with the magic touch of Luisa Beccaria
Milan it’s not Rome, we know it. Here there are not stately and grand facades, as in the Eternal City. Observing Milan from its little streets, the city appears very stiff and low profile. What people don’t know is that, behind these austere facades, there are hidden treasures to discover, and this is the case of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum. This museum, former house of the Bagatti Valsecchi family, is located in the heart of the shopping district of Milan, the quadrilatero, few meters away from the finest Italian fashion designers shops. The house itself contains a remarkable collection of arts and crafts from the Milanese Renaissance period.
Indeed at the end of the XIX century, the two brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi decided to modernize this house for their family, according to the gothic revival fashion of the period, and they started a lifelong collection of paintings, furniture and objects.
Despite the creepy overall atmosphere of the museum (the gothic revival period was not known for bright colors and flowered patterns for sure), when you enter the former private rooms of the family, the scent of a sweet everyday life rolls up with the view of old toys for kids, comfortable period sofas and warm fireplaces. This is for sure the magic aspect of this place.
HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM NETWORK
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is part of the Milan Historic house museum network (with Poldi Pezzoli museum, Villa Necchi Campiglio and Boschi di Stefano house) and probably it’s the most beautiful because of the excellent conservation of the house and of the furniture in their original asset. This museum is a real treasure case: furniture, art pieces and objects are in perfect Renaissance style and it’s even strange to see electricity, as it would break the perfection of this invention of the past.
The Italian Eye offers an unusual visit to the museum, with images inspired to the time when the house was still inhabited and when the current art collection of the museum harmoniously cohabited with the quotidian universe of the family Bagatti Valsecchi.
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, via Gesù 5, 20121, Milano. Timetable: Tuesday-Sunday 13.00-17.45. The museum organizes events, concerts and conferences (more info on www.museobagattivalsecchi.org). There is also the possibility to organize events, fashion shows, photo shooting inside the spaces of the museum.
Clothes by Luisa Beccaria
Pictures by Federico Sigali
Text by Federico Sigali