Palazzo Litta Modignani, Milan

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The Palazzo Litta, also known as the Palazzo Arese-Litta, is a Baroque structure in Milan, northern Italy, opposite San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and dating from the period of Spanish rule of the city.Architect Francesco Maria Richini built the nucleus of the palazzo in the years 1642–1648 for Count Bartolomeo Arese, a member of one of the most influential Milanese families of the period who became President of the Senate of Milan in 1660. Palazzo Litta thus became an important centre of Milanese fashionable and political culture. Grand parties held here over the years included receptions for Archduchess Mariana of Austria, for Margaret Theresa of Spain, for Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, for Maria Theresa of Austria, for Eugène de Beauharnais and for the arrival of Napoleon in Milan.Apart from its general plan, the principal features which remain essentially intact from the original seventeenth-century building are the piano nobile (although largely redecorated) and one of Richini’s courtyards. The family oratory, also the work of Richini, and consecrated in 1671, was later turned into a private theatre for the use of the family and its invitees. The theatre, the oldest in Milan, is still in use as the Teatro Litta di Milano, which also has a second performance space located in the old stable block.
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  • Visited with the FAI,very nice.
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  • I was able to visit this palace, one of the many interesting Milanese noble palaces, with centuries of history, now owned by a bank (UBI Banca), during the autumn days, which are able to make accessible to many (even if with guides a little ' improvised and not always competent) sites that otherwise would be enjoyable only by a few: it is really a beautiful building, a small condensate of history of Milan and art that deserves to be visited. Thank YOU UBI Banca and the FAI for the occasion offered. Palazzo Litta Cusini Modignani is the only historical building of Corso Europa (once Contrada Passarella), flanked/surrounded by buildings from the years ' 50 and ' 60. It was built in the sixteenth century, enlarged and modified in the following centuries; It has a façade (eighteenth-century Baroque style), with a splayed portal (to allow the carriages to enter easily), with lowered arch, which introduces to a portico (sixteenth century) structured on columns and arches decorated by rings and Medallions in terracotta with-in the pendentives-busts (probably nineteenth century) that, according to some, portray the Duke Filippo Maria Visconti and one of his two wives; There follows a wide Andito/Androne to cryptoporticate on twin columns and a second courtyard/garden. To the left of the main courtyard a local with remains of the Roman period (where now stands the palace, there were the "Erculee baths") and then the staircase signed by BBPR to access the upper floors. To the right of the portico, the staircase of honour, in Tenaglia, built around the end of the eighteenth century in imitation of the much larger and majestic of Palazzo Arese Litta in Corso Magenta; It is surmounted by a vault frescoed by Andrea Appiani (the Chariot of the Sun/the Aurora) and decorated by the stucco of Giocondo Albertolli. In the rooms of representation of the first floor, furnished with very beautiful pieces, in neoclassical style, interesting decorations on the walls and on the vaults, made with different techniques: very particular the vault frescoed in imitation of the hall of the axis (author: Leonardo da Vinci) of the Castello Sforzesco.
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