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Casa degli Omenoni, Milan

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Casa degli Omenoni is a historic palace of Milan, northern Italy, located in the eponymous street of Via degli Omenoni (number 3). It was designed by sculptor Leone Leoni for himself; he both lived and worked there. It owes its name to the eight atlantes decorating its facade, termed "omenoni" ("big men" in Milanese), which were sculpted by Antonio Abondio, most probably on a design by Leoni. Lions (a reference to the "Leoni" family) are a recurring theme of its decorations; in particular, a large relief placed under the cornice depicts two lions tearing a satyr into pieces. The overall style of the palace and the decorations have been noted to include several references to the art of Michelangelo. The internal courtyard, modified in 1929 by Piero Portaluppi, has a colonnade with metopes and triglyphs.Artist and historian Giorgio Vasari expressed his admiration for the palace, stating that it was pieno di capricciose invenzioni ("full of capricious inventions"). At the time, the palace also housed a notable collection of art works and antiquities, which has been dispersed over time. According to an inventory dating back to 1615, it had paintings by Titian, Parmigianino, and Michelangelo; the inventory also mentions a book of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, which scholars identify with the Codex Atlanticus now preserved in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Just behind the Basilica of San Fedele, between Palazzo Marino alla Scala Theatre, in the homonymous Street, at number 3, you will find the Casa degli Omenoni or Palazzo Leoni-casts, built in the mid-600 designed by the owner, the architect. Lions. I went many times, but I never noticed, being in a position quite hidden. I must say that the custom grip for years now to postpone vacations in September and to devote the week of August to visit accuratamentei historic centres of some cities, has proved successful, because it allows us to see (almost) undisturbed many cultural heritage, which in daily chaos don't notice. Omenoni in milanese dialect means "big men"; Although the trim originaio of patazzo has been lost in the remakes of the 19th century, were well preserved and received 8 Telamons to us as figured in the initial project. This aspect makes the Building unique in the city. If you happen to pass by there-and it can happen even to tourists, being right in the Centre of Milan-recommend a visit. You will discover many other decorations and architectural ornaments, that here it would take too long to describe.
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  • July 24, 2017
    I saw a House if you dwomo around hanging out, with this presence. Large images are body on the walls of the House. Stand out so I took a photo. It's a court sculptor understanded after returning, had ruled Milan, Spain King Philip II at home.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Leone Leoni, sculptor and architect who has works in such illustrious sites as the Duomo and the monastery of el Escorial (Madrid), built this Palace, which decorated with 8-sculptures of human form made of columns
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  • Right behind piazza della Scala is an ancient building unique for the fact that eight large statues hold up his façade. It's called the casa degli omenoni that in milanese dialect means men. The building of 1565 and was home and laboratory of Leone Leoni should just look for it because it is in a somewhat hidden Street that brings out more eight large atlantes.
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  • Antica dimora milanese known as casa degli Omenoni being the caryatids supporting the front, having appearance of big men, were called in dialect Omenoni.
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  • Walking along Via Catena Adalberto drew attention to building with humans (Casa degli Omenoni), which is at a fork in the road behind the Church of San Fedele (Chiesa di San Fedele). House is a fine example of a Renaissance house sculptor Leone Leoni, which was built for his family in the year 1565.
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  • very interesting though little visited! (only seen externally)
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