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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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  • The casa degli Omenoni is located in Milan, easily recognizable, from the eight Telamons (synonym of Atlas, the statues of male figures used as support of the structure) made by owner Leone Leoni in the sixteenth century. This House, he guarded the Codex Atlanticus, by Leonardo.
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  • This building an eye catcher, despite the lane where you built both sides and little known to the masses. The eight massive sculptures (barbarian prisoners) massive rise on the front, allowing himself to look because they seem to come alive in the effort. Are stunning! Too bad the smog has corroded ...
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  • The name means giants. They are the large high-relief representations of eight defeated barbarian tribes and were added to the façade of their home by a famous art collector and sculptor, Leone Leoni,...  more »