- the façade
- striding by the façade
Omenoni street will catch your eye especially for one detail: eight statues of giant men, built by will of sculptor Leone Leoni to decor the façade of his new house when he moved in Milan in 1542.
Citizens used to call these statues “Omenoni” which means “big men”, and as time went by, the palace and the street gladly took the nickname.
Leoni kept a real museum in this house, hosting antiques and art pieces of his prestigious colleagues, Tiziano, Parmigianino and Leonardo da Vinci, a precious collection which unfortunately got lost after his death.
The old street number 1722 is still at the front door: a symbol of the antique enumeration in force during Austrian’s domination.
Wikipedia: Casa degli Omenoni