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Palazzo Borromeo, Milan

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  • Interesting the façade and courtyard, now home to offices and not open inside. The portal back to 1,400, with the symbol of the Borromeo family at the time ... a camel.
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  • Piazza Borromeo, which is halfway between Piazza Cordusio, Via Torino and Corso Magenta encloses at least six centuries of history of a family – that of Borromeo – that made the history of Milan, maybe more (and longer) of families Visconti and Sforza, which was inextricably linked. In this area it settled, circa 1440, Vitaliano Borromeo, Florentine merchant, transited from Padua, who rearranged the Church of santa Maria Podone (built around 870) and started the building of palaces, which still overlook the square: is ranked # 12 (Palazzo Borromeo), the oldest and those now identified by nn. 8 and 10 have been heavily modified over the centuries, but they kept always evident, though, the bond with the family. Right above the door of no 10 stands the coat of arms of the Borromeo family, with all businesses (what today might be called the logos) of the family: the word humilitas in Gothic letters, which recalls the humility with which we must bring before God (it was the motto of Saint Charles); the Crown, which symbolizes the kingship; the three gold rings, diamond tipped, intertwined in a way that would break them, to tear representing the indissolubility of the bond between families Visconti, Sforza and Borromeo; the Dromedary, symbol of obedience, patience and faithfulness; the Unicorn or unicorn symbolizing honor, Valor and devotion (NB no coincidence, of course – is oriented towards – snake symbol of Visconti); horse bite that symbolizes the strength; lemons or Cedars that symbolize the mild laid the Borromean islands benefit; the cables that go to Santa Justina of Padua, whence i Borromeo claim descent. Businesses that are also found in the building at no. 12, Palazzo Borromeo, built in the late 14th century and early 15th century, modified and extended over the centuries, severely damaged by bombing in 1943 and, as a result, restored, which is still owned by descendants of the Borromeo family, now used for offices and homes and, therefore, internally open (only partly) accompanied by professional guides. The façade of Palazzo Borromeo, in brickwork, has elements of different eras. Quadrangular splayed Windows (that is, framed by a flaring of the wall) are the oldest and are traced to the end of the fourteenth century. The great portal with a pointed arch is beginning four hundred: is characterized by an archway of alternating blocks of pink marble of Candoglia (possession of Visconti: is the marble of the Duomo di Milano) and Red Verona marble, surrounded by a frieze with creasing and reasons to vines and oak leaves (heavily symbolic); the arc ends with a Spire that depicts the Dromedary crowned, one of the emblems of Borromeo. Inside, two courtyards (accessed on weekdays, asking the courteous doorman); the second, called "Bravo", has three sides, with pointed arches resting on octagonal pillars decorated with capitals, and a fourth side in masonry, with traces of fresco decoration of enterprises of Borromeo (the motto "Humilitas", rings, Cedars, ...), in which large mullioned Windows with pointed arches, decorated with terracotta rings, and some smaller Windows of irregular shape previous period. From the courtyard you can access (only with the organized visit) to the so-called "games room" frescoed-around the forties of the fifteenth century-from a conventionally called Game Master painter remained anonymous, Borromeo: on three walls are depicted characters beautifully dressed and coiffed hair while, in lush gardens between the mountains and the Lakes (the landscape is that of Lake Maggiore , site of the borromee), dance or engage in the game of Tarot and ball. The frescoes are a really interesting cycle as evidenced by the refined lifestyle of Milan of the Visconti; and are very beautiful although seriously damaged: the prevailing color is reddish, because the blue of the sky and Lake-given azurite, gold and silver that decorated the outfits and the hats of the characters you are completely and hopelessly detached. Fragments of frescoes (attributed to Michelino da Besozzo) are visible in the room. I already knew the story of Borromeo, in the square of the Church of santa Maria Podone (now, unfortunately, under the Greek Orthodox community); I already knew the Palace, only example-Milan-residential Gothic architecture, being entered on another occasion and independently up to the courtyard of honour; the guided tour organized by Milanoguida (and well conducted, as always) allowed me to see the frescoes of the sala dei lodatissimi games: interesting but, for the conditions under which are reduced, a bit hit! PS. Inside the building is forbidden to take photographs.
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  • The Palace, which takes its name from the Borromeo family, has a late Gothic setting. Suffers many changes over the years (mainly because of bombings from Milan during World War II). The façade is made of brick with a portal of alternating white and Red Verona marble of Candoglia marble, crowned by an archway with oak leaves and vines carved in stone.
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