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Morando Palace

Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Foto Morando Palace -  Villas und palaces  Others
Show an other treasure of art and history in Milan:
Milan - Villas und palaces  Others: Morando PalaceMostly represented styles: Baroque - Rococò

Palazzo Morando, a historic palace in the center of Milan, Sant'Andrea street 6, right in the Fashion District, is another of the treasures of art and history that would deserve more fame among tourists. It now hosts the Museum of Milan and the collection Costume Fashion Image.

The elegant building has XVI century origins. Inhabited by important families over the centuries - Casati (late sixteenth century-1713); Villa (1733-1845); De Cristofori (1845-1877); Schott Weill (1877-1903) - it comes at the beginning of the twentieth century in the hands of the Morando Bolognini, last owners before the donation to the City of Milan, commissioned by Lydia Caprara Morando Bolognini in 1945.

The dominant style elements, which still characterize Palazzo Morando, however, date back to the eighteenth century. Significant were in fact the works carried out at the time of the House Villa, which gave the whole building typically rockery lines and ornamentation (rockery is a special kind of rococo), still perceptible in the façade overlooking Via Sant'Andrea, in the monumental staircase and in some of the decorative elements of the rooms.

The rooms of the palace, inherited by the City of Milan, contained the rich collection of the family Morando, including paintings, furniture and other decorative arts. As was the practice of that time the collections were broken up by type and added to those already existing in other municipal buildings. The main floor of Palazzo Morando was intended to house the paintings of Luigi Beretta, a rich collection of paintings of the city of Milan, donated to the city since 1934. Under the name Museum of Milan, the palace was opened to the public in 1958.

In 1996 a new set up returned to Palazzo Morando its double identity of aristocratic home and impressive art gallery dedicated to the iconography of Milan. Large parte of the collections Morando Bolognini, with some additions, have been relocated in a wing of the building revived as a home, while the other wing was maintained as picture gallery.

In 2010 Palazzo Morando became to house the collection of Fashion and Costume of the City of Milan. In the halls of the building the most significant clothes of the rich and almost unknown civic wardrobe, fundamental part of the artistic heritage of the city of Milan, will be so proposed rolling. It consists of nearly 6,000 items and contains a large variety of works of great quality, works which are going to be valorised through the exposition in Palazzo Morando.

Palazzo Morando preserves the atmosphere of the old nobility Milan of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, perhaps even more than the certainly impressive Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi and Palazzo Poldi Pezzoli, which from the beginning were intended to represent past Traduci da: Italiano
The environments of major artistic value inside the palace are:

  • the grand staircase, with two flights, with the characteristic rococo balustrade

  • the Chinese Gallery, exhibition of porcelain and Chinese ceramics of the Morando collection

  • the Hall of Olympus, the decoration of which, attributed to Giovanni Antonio Cucchi, commemorates the marriage between Giovanni and Maria Villa Pusterla celebrated in 1762. The ceiling is decorated using the technique of trompe l'oeil in similar way to the voult of the Ballroom of Villa Arconati

  • The Golden Parlor

  • the Egyptian room, with its mosaic floor containing Egyptian and classical motifs

  • the Hercules room, with the fresco of the vault by the painter Giovan Battista Ronchelli from which a large crystal chandelier is hanging down

  • DHO hall, the bedroom at the time of the Villas

  • the gallery of the busts

Palazzo Morando contains, in particular, many paintings of views of Milan in past epochs, paintings often very similar to modern pictures, regarding framing and subject, which represent an attractive documentation, able to let appreciate how the city has changed over time.

Palazzo Morando may be visited at a fee.
More information about Palazzo Morando Costume Fashion Image, the site from which most of the information on this page arrive.

See also Palazzo Morando on altervista

If you are interested in a guided tour of this monument send an email!

Categories: Villas und palaces Others

Via Sant'Andrea 6, Milano
Further pictures of the Morando Palace in the section Photography
Milano: Golden living room inside Morando Palace
Milano: Red Room in Morando Palace