Stoldo Lorenzi (1534-1583)
Sala/Room VII (Sala del Gonfalone)
Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy
I find traveling to new places to be one of the best types of adventure. Whether it is simply a venture into a neighboring county or traipsing across countries by rail, “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”1
A museum visit while traveling is, for me, the perfect manifestation of this thought. It is at museums that we can be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking, in both the expressions of culture on display and the ways culture is signified.2 Castello Sforzesco accomplished this exquisitely and was as a wonderful introduction to Italian culture, art and museums.
The castle-museum was one of the first amazing sights I stumbled across while studying in Milan, Italy, in 2013. It is located at one end of Parco Sempione, the green refuge in the historic center of Milan, close to where I lived during my studies. This park is also home to the beautiful Arco della Pace (a 19th-century victory-style arch, built under Napoleonic rule), Palazzo dell’Arte (housing La Triennale design museum), Arena Civica (a neoclassical amphitheatre) and a number of stray cats.