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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 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 »
  • This time around, we managed to take a better look at the wonderful statues that sort of hold the entire house on their backs. They are absolutely amazing, having survived the centuries, and they lite...  more »
  • The most striking element of this beautiful house are the 8 sculptures that seem to carry the entire house on their back. They are beautifully (and quite eerily) sculptured and date back to the mid 15...  more »
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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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