Omenoni House

    Palazzo degli Omenoni

    An unusual building, since “omenoni” means “big men”.
    This palace is a characteristic house with eight large male caryatids, created in sandstone and installed onto the fa’ade. The building was planned by sculptor Leone Leoni as his city home. The architecture is a clear reference to Michelangelo’s art, both in the sculptural detailing and in the original concept.
    Leone Leoni built the palace when he settled in Milan after an adventurous life, at first at the service of nobles, and then as a prisoner rowing on the Pontifical galleys.
    The bas-relief at the centre of the upper frieze shows a satyr (embodying envy) in the jaws of two lions, who of course symbolize the artist (Leone means lion)