Neoclassical Milan: The Hapsburg and Napoleonic Glitz

Milan, Italy (0)
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During 1700 and for the first half of 1800 Milan is dominated by the Austrians and French.

During the enlightened reign of Maria Theresa of Austria and her son Joseph II the city undergoes a great economic, cultural and artistic rebirth, attested by the flowering of palaces, mansions, churches and monuments, designed according to the most recent research of Neoclassicism. This new style is initially characterized by sober, symmetric, ordered and almost stern shapes, as is well shown by the Teatro alla Scala and Palazzo Reale, masterpieces of the imperial architect Giuseppe Piermarini. During the Napoleonic rule, many works that were started during the Austrian reign are concluded, and many more are initiated. Those new works have in common a glitzier, majestic and self-celebrating character, they go as far as to design and plan ambitious urban renewals such as the audacious and unfinished Foro Bonaparte.

ITINERARY A

  • Villa Reale e i giardini di Corso Venezia: a show of Milanese Neoclassicism between architecture, decoration and nature
  • Porta Venezia e i suoi caselli: noble and fierce entrance
  • Palazzo Rocca-Saporiti: celebrating and aristochratic classicism
  • Palazzo Serbelloni: sober neoclassical elegance
  • Chiesa di San Carlo al Corso: solemn magnificence in the heart of Milanese shopping centre
  • Palazzo Reale: calm symmetry on the outside , lavish magnificence on the inside
  • Teatro alla Scala: holy ground of opera worldwide

ITINERARY B

  • Foro Bonaparte: the project for a great Classical Milan
  • Parco Sempione: green space for the city, rich in art and history
  • Arena civica: sports facility shaped as a Roman Amphitheatre
  • Arco della Pace: triumphant entrance to the city
  • Teatro alla Scala: holy ground of opera worldwide
  • Palazzo Reale: calm symmetry on the outside , lavish magnificence on the inside

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