Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The Biblioteca Ambrosiana, named for St. Ambrose, patron saint of Milan, was founded in 1607 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo. It is one of the earliest libraries opened to the public. It contains a large collection of religious, classical, and literary works that focus on the study of the past. Most of these volumes were donated by wealthy private donors or endowed by religious orders. The Biblioteca also contains an art gallery that Borromeo himself started by donating his own art collection. The gallery, which contains works by Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and Caravaggio, is intended for purposes of both display and learning. (RD)

Source: Biblioteca Ambrosiana Official Website (