The Museo Diocesano safeguards and patronizes the artistic goods belonging to the Ambrosian Diocese. The museum was conceived by Cardinal Ildefonso Schuster in 1931, but it came alive only in the first Eighties, thanks to Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini. The Museo Diocesano is located within the convent complex annexed to Sant’Eustorgio but the entrance is on the opposite side.
The convent was built to house the Dominicans, absorbing a pre-existing hospital in the first half of the 12th century. In 1228, with the settlement of the Court of the Inquisition, the structure went through years of great splendour until the second half of the 15th century, when its fame was clouded by the new Dominican pole of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The museum safeguards mainly the artworks belonging to the Diocese and a part of the collections of paintings that belonged to the Archbishops of Milan. Within the exposition rooms you’ll appreciate masterpieces by Bernardo Luini, Marco d’Oggiono, Bergognone, Tintoretto and Procaccini. A must see are the wonderful liturgical furnishings, the 41 portraits of Milanese Archbishops such as San Barnaba and San Carlo Borromeo, that belonged to the Erba Odescalchi collection and the bed where it is said that Sant’Ambrogio used to sleep.