An exceptional Christmas gift awaits both the Milanese and tourists at the Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio - it is the Predella of the Oddi Altarpiece by Raphael, arriving in town for the 14th Edition of the initiative A Masterpiece for Milan. Freshly restored, this jewel of the Vatican Museums offers the brilliant colours prepared five centuries ago by the painter from Urbino. Visitors to the Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini can admire the work of Raphael closest to the style of his master, Pietro Perugino, and recognise the mark of genius in the artist. Precious, elegant and imbued with sweetness like every painting by its creator, the Predella of the Oddi Altarpiece is a perfect work to get into the mood for the holidays - while, on the left, the Annunciation evokes the atmosphere of expectation, the Adoration of the Magi, at the centre, offers the scene of the Epiphany with its light and gifts. The final episode, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, closing the Christmas period, forty days after the birth of the Saviour. The fact that the Predella of the Oddi Altarpiece is still in Italy is thanks to Antonio Canova. Created for the Church of San Francesco al Prato in Perugia in 1797, the painting was taken by the army of Napoleon and brought to Paris. Seventeen years later, Canova negotiated its return on behalf of the Pope - the masterpiece of Raphael never returned to Perugia, but became part of the Vatican Collection.