Until July 2nd on the main floor of Palazzo Reale more then 50 masterpieces of Manet from the Musée d’Orsay. Forget Milan, return to the Paris of the Belle Epoque. And once you’re out again, take a dreamy tour of the milanese Liberty architecture.


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Branch of white peonies and scissors, 1864, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

More than 50 masterpieces by Manet and his contemporaries, from Renoir to Cézanne, are exhibited at Palazzo Reale – from March 8 to July 2. All the works come from the prestigious collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. 

The exhibition aims to celebrate the role of Manet in modern painting, a central and revolutionary role. The works of Manet have been divided thematically, according to the different genres in which the artist has gradually dedicated. The portraits, the still lives, the landscapes and finally Paris. Each room of the exhibition is dedicated to a different genre so that visitors can immerse themselves in that particular dimension. 


The private life and the artistic education of Manet is interwoven with that of other known artists, some of whom portraits by Manet. These artists were companions of life and work, as well as regulars of cafes, theaters and summer residences. Here the artists came together creating a continuous and brilliant  exchange of ideas.

In addition to paintings and drawings by Manet the visitor can find many works by Boldini, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Signac. Special attention is devoted to the works of Berthe Morisot.

For an itinerary of the Parisian literary cafes loved by Manet and his contemporaries check the following link.


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The balcony, 1868, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The Exhibition wants to show the artistic path of the great master. Manet in twenties years has produced more than 430 paintings that have revolutionized the concept of modern art.

Manet invented a new form of painting that has erased the barriers between portrait, genre scene and still life deliberately confusing the space references in the construction of his work. He has reversed the classical aesthetics codes using free and marked brushstrokes .



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Berthe Morisot with a violet bouquet, 1872, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The artist enjoyed playing with the ancient painting, using a large repertoire of poses that evoked the tableau vivant. Le déjeuner sur l’herbe it is one of the most striking examples, along with the scandalous Olympia.
Manet expressed his revolution in painting through the choice to paint modern women with a strong personality. One of his muses was Berthe Morisot, who was first a model and later a student of Manet. Berthe Morisot became the first woman painter exponent of French Impressionism.


Édouard Manet Stéphane Mallarmé, 1876 Oil on canvas, 27,2 x 35,7 cm Paris, Musée d’Orsay © René-Gabriel Ojéda / RMN-Réunion des Musées Nationaux/ distr. Alinari

Édouard Manet Stéphane Mallarmé, 1876 Oil on canvas, 27,2 x 35,7 cm Paris, Musée d’Orsay © René-Gabriel Ojéda / RMN-Réunion des Musées Nationaux/ distr. Alinari

The exhibition wants to emphasize the link between a Paris in full transformation and the Parisian artist par excellence. Manet has interpreted the great changes of his beloved city. Paris, as a result of the new urban plan implemented by Baron Haussmann, lives in those years fervent changes that will change its face and usability.

Palazzo Reale, Milano
Piazza del Duomo 12

Monday 2.30 p.m. – 7.30

Tuesday\Wednesday\Friday\Sunday 9.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. 

Thursday\Saturday 9.30 – 22.30

Ticket: Full 12 Euro; reduction 10 Euro,

Out of Palazzo Reale we propose you not to leave the atmosphere of the Belle Epoque and continue the day browsing through the streets of Milan Liberty. Here are some suggestions for a walk and to enjoy a coffee, a tasty break or a drink in Vittorio Emanuele Gallery.

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For the best itinerary of the Milanese Liberty architecture click on the following link.


Café Camparino

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo 21

Info 02 86464435

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Camparino? The question doesn’t sound strange to a Milanese doc. We suggest you to try the historic Camparino before dinner, teasing the typical sweet and sour cucumbers and onions that accompany cocktails. Here you can drink any kind of cocktails made with Campari, but the most traditional one is the “Camparino with ice”.

Masterpiece of the Milanese Liberty Café, Camparino is one of the most famous clubs in Milan where you can admire the chandeliers by Alessandro Mazzucotelli and the floral decorations by Angiolo D’Andrea. Entering the bar the visitor has the feeling of stepping into another era. That of the Belle Epoque.

Bar Jamaica

Via Brera 32

Info 02 876723

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The Bar Jamaica preserves the original Liberty furnishings, as well as its soul. It’s one of the places that have shaped the history of Milan and has seen on its tables generations of artists and writers. Jamaica is now home to a diverse clientele, from students to professionals, from tourists to managers. For all remains a meeting place so that even the phrase “We are at the Jamaica” it is absolutely normal for a Milanese. Everyone at the Jamaica feels a bit at home.

Bar Magenta

Via Carducci 13

Info and reservations 02 8053808

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A real Milanese institution, Bar Magenta has become an icon of Milan like the Duomo or Castello Sforzesco. The place has never lost his decò soul. Going to Bar Magenta is a must for anyone visiting Milan, but it is also daily practice for those who live there. Famous for its sandwiches, at Bar Magenta you can have lunch,  breakfast, drink a cocktail, or just escape at any time of the day. 

Amici del Liberty

Via Savona 20

Reservations 02 83 94 302

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Perfect for a romantic dinner but also for a night with friends. The restaurant can’t boast authentic Liberty origins, but it makes you think of Liberty. Perfectly in-theme both the furniture and the atmosphere. In this restaurant you can enjoy delicious dinners of meat or fish and delicious dessert with the hands-off the retro feel of the day.

Panino Giusto

Via Marcello Malpighi 3

Info and reservations 02 29409297

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If you prefer a quick dinner your place is Panino Giusto. It’s located in Via Malpighi, in one of the most amazing building of Milan, Casa Galimberti. The historic location is one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in all of Milan. Here you can find a wide selection of sandwiches, salads and hot dishes, with the feeling of never having left the exhibition Monet and modern Paris.