The six centuries of uninterrupted production of statuary are well represented in the collection starting from the works of the late-Gothic Burgundian, Rhenish, Bohemian, Campionese and Lombard schools of sculpture, testifying to the specific European flavour of the Cathedral, the result of workers and artists from all over continental Europe converging on the cathedral building site in the first fifty years of construction. The extensive production of sculptures in the Sforza age is documented by significant examples of the transition between Gothic art and the so-called Lombard revival via numerous works in marble and terracotta models from the Mannerist and Baroque periods.

Then there are examples of the elegant and exquisite Milanese “ barocchetto”, with hints of neoclassical plastic art, anticipated by the sixteenth century flavour of the works of Giuseppe Perego, the author of the Madonnina, for which the studies, wooden model and internal structure are displayed. From here the exhibits go on to illustrate the many expressions of nineteenth century sculpture: Romanticism, the milanese “Scapigliatura”, floral and art nouveau styles. The twentieth century is represented by the models for the facade doors, medals and bronze works by Fontana.