Palazzo Reale

The Palazzo Reale in Milan is a royal palace in which the Habsburgs, among others, resided in Lombardy. Built in 1138, the castle served as an official administrative building. In the 16th century the Palazzo Reale was built as a residence under Louis XII and Franz I and was given its neoclassical appearance in 1773-1778 by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini. The first art exhibition took place there in 1929. It was not until 1951 that Palazzo Reale gained its prestige as a venue for exceptional exhibitions by presenting works by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. These influenced the cultural life of Milan and revived the social and economic fabric of the city. The aim was to reconstruct the identity of the city that had been destroyed by the war. The Palazzo Reale showed exhibitions, among others on Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Amadeo Modigliani.