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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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  • Via degli Omenoni 3, we can see a Palace full of charm and mystery a few steps from piazza della Scala, Palazzo Marino, Milan City Hall, Italy galleries and piazza San Fedele. The building is known as "Casa degli Omenoni" in milanese "great men, eight male and huge statues (some a bit in need of restoration) enrich the façade and the door. The House was built in the second half of the sixteenth century by Leone Leoni, noted sculptor and engraver in the service of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and later of Charles's son, Philip II of Spain: Lion lived in the House with his son Pompeo, in turn also adventurous experiences to the sculptor, after papal galleys oars. The eight huge statues depict the ethnic groups of eight barbarian peoples defeated by Rome "caput mundi". In the central part of the frieze decorating the top of the door, there's a nice relief, with image of "Slander torn by lions", a clear reference to the character of the owner, Leone Leoni. Collectors and dealers-art dealers, gathered in the House a famous and varied art collection and works of the greatest artists of the time, among which included works by Titian and Correggio, a collection of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings, plaster casts of classical statues including the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius on the Capitoline Hill. From the collection, lost, some works were collected at the Ambrosiana, including the Atlantic Codex by Leonardo. But the Palace houses one of the city's most exclusive gentlemen's "Clubs" Ambrosian metropolis: "Clubino", opened in 1901 after secession from the previous "Union Club" and until recently reserved for men only. For over 115 years, the Clubino is a meeting place of highest middle class (and the nobility) in Milan and surroundings, extended at least up to Turin. Originally, landowners, doctors, engineers, textile manufacturers and lawyers. Lovers of sport and business engage components of influential families including Bonomi, Bassetti, Pirelli, Sforza, Moratti, lambs (the lawyer in his travels he dwelled the foresteria del Circolo Milanese seems), Tronchetti Provera, Borletti ... people of means, including financial resources, that maybe you could spend some money to restore a little, the façade of this beautiful building. A book, written on the occasion of the 80 years of the Club, printed in a limited number of copies and--of course--made by historians Mary Cain and Germano Maifreda, said that the "Club" English, the Clubino began as a place of meeting and leisure, outside the family, gradually becoming a sort of "incubator" of the ruling class from Milan, joined by class and absolute confidentiality. According to the authors, the Clubino is "place of accumulation of what economists call the" scarce resources ": trust, reputation, information". It seems that briefcases, smartphones and dossier are banned at the entrance. And in the dining room, no member can choose where to sit. Mary Cain notes that "(...) sit in order of arrival. As the guests arrive, the waiters add a coffee table, so it happens that the youngest sit next to an older man, the latest addition to the entrepreneur. Is a form of democracy, a way to disrupt any subgroups and also an opportunity of training: hierarchies that are "off", cease to exist in (...) ". Chapeau.
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  • Tight little tourist street, in an area I frequent from time to work, the façade of this Palace has the incredible, thanks to 8 giant statues of barbarian prisoners.
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  • The omenoni are, in Milan, the great men, or telamons decorating the façade; represent eight defeated barbarians, whose names are now only vaguely readable: Svevo, Quad, Adiabene, childbirth, Sarmatian and Emily (two more needed!). These statues were probably drawn (with an eye to Michelangelo) by Leo Leone (sculptor, engraver at the service of the Kings of Spain, art collector), who built this House in 1565 to live there with his son Pompeo; were mapped onto log stone by Antonio Abbondio said the Ascona, the Lombard sculptor then quite well known. The façade is the only visible thing, but also the only part of the building which has preserved almost intact its original shape. Overall sober and rigorous, consists of two orders and a penthouse, of a later period, and is divided vertically into seven compartments which, on the ground floor, are broken down by telamons (a bit beat up) with alternating between Windows and niches. On the main floor there are recessed columns alternating with niches and Windows: in the nineteenth century were added the wrought iron balconies. Under the fascia runs a frieze; central compartment, the relief with calumny torn by Lions: depicts a satyr who-in a desperate attempt to escape the attack of two lions-backs up to lean off the ledge (a warning to visitors, with reference not only to the name of the owner but also to her restless and aggressive character?) Pompey's son's death, the Palace and the rich collection of works of art (including the Atlantic Codex by Leonardo) that contained it passed to the Casts (the family of the husband of Victoria, daughter of Pompeo Leoni); then to Belgioioso, wells, and finally to Bailey who joined Palace in piazza Belgioioso 1 and commissioned the renovations, in 1929, the architect Piero Portaluppi: nothing remains, then, of the original interior arrangement. Today the building is home to an exclusive club for gentlemen, the ' Clubino ', which counts among its members belonging to noble families and the bourgeoisie milanese (and beyond). PS. Another curiosity is the fact that, above the door, there is still the number attributed to the Hapsburg Palace in accordance with rule: 1722 (not the construction date!!).
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  • Beautiful.
  • 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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