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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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  • Right behind San Fedele this 17th-century quite different from the architectural lines of the buildings around it. Strongly characterized by large statues degli Omenoni, great men who represented the barbarians defeated and subdued by Rome. But the whole is harmonious and full of elements and decorative details. The result is wonderful and worth a visit.
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  • The eight "giants" are male sculptures. Leone Leoni made this house for himself and added this caryatides to it. It is not far from La Scala in a side street.  more »
  • We stumbled upon this magnificent site by chance, while wandering around La Scala. Amazing looking architecture, depicting giants who represent defeted nations/tribes. Very extravagant.  more »
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  • Behind Piazza della Scala is an old mansion built in 1565 aretine sculptor Leone Leoni as his home and laboratory. The Palace got its name from 8 telamons (Omenoni big men in milanese dialect) attributed to Antonio Abbondio, supporting the facade, depicting barbarians conquered by the Romans. At the end of the 800 the Palace was the seat of House musical memories. From 1934 is home to the private club Clubino and you can visit only from the outside. Very impressive visiting at night with the lights that illuminate the statue.
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  • Palace outside beautiful but not explored inside. The main façade is hidden is really superb
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  • The façade is fascinating, but it is impossible to visit the Interior which is a private club and shall have at his pleasure. Too bad for the city.
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  • The palazzo degli Omenoni takes its name from the eight telamons in front, the "big men" attributed to Antonio Abondio depict barbarians conquered by the Romans. The House was built in 1565 by the sculptor Leone Leoni. The Palace visits only from the outside at night takes on a metaphysical aspect, recommend a visit at around 22.00 to tourists not rushed and in need of strong emotions.
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