Maria Callas never went on stage without her "amulet": an 18th-century painting of the Holy Family attributed to the Veronese painter G.B. Cignaroli, kept in a red velvet box. It was a gift from Gian Battista Meneghini, her first and only husband, received on the eve of her debut at the Arena di Verona on August 1, 1947. This painting on a wooden panel, rarely exhibited, represents a special gift for fans of the soprano, but also for those who want to know her, as it offers a glimpse into the life of the real Maria Callas, away from the spotlight.

From December 2nd, 2023, to January 8th, 2024, the artwork is displayed at the Museum of the Duomo in the Church of San Gottardo in Corte, known as the church for artists in Milanese tradition, thanks to a collaboration with the Municipality - Culture of Milan and Palazzo Reale. The focus, titled Maria Callas: The Voice and the Amulet at the Church of San Gottardo in Corte, curated by Annarita Briganti, is part of Callas 100, a series of initiatives commemorating the centenary of Maria Callas' birth on December 2nd.

Renowned for her performances in the '50s and '60s at Teatro alla Scala, Maria Callas (1923 – 1977) is a true icon of the 20th century. Major cultural institutions in Milan, from Teatro alla Scala to Biblioteca Sormani and Gallerie d’Italia, are organizing events to celebrate her as part of the culminating program on Callas Day, which takes place on December 2nd.

Entrance is included in the ticket for the Museum of the Duomo, and access to the Church of San Gottardo will be possible through the Museum.

Opening hours: mon-tue, thu-sun from 10 AM to 19 PM (last entrance 18.10 PM). Closed on Wednesday. 

Discover the complete schedule of the Callas 100 program