Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Parco Sempione: Peace and Quiet in Milan (Sophisticated Milan Series 17)

Parco Sempione
Peace and Quiet in Milan
Sophisticated Milan Series 17

Parco Sempione  is one of
the largest city park in Milan.

The park is adjacent to the two
of the main landmarks of Milan-

…the lush gardens of the 
Sforza Castle on one side,

 …and to the Arch of Peace,
on the opposite side.

 Also called "Simplon Park", it was established
in 1888,  it has an overall area of 38.6 hectare,

Designed by architect Emilio Alemagna,
Parco Sempione was conceived with the
intent of creating a quiet refuge and a place
for rest and recreation for city dwellers.

The park has large grassy areas and rolling terrain,

…perfect for picnics and excursions,

…play various sports,

…or just for plain lazing
a do some people watching.

Within Parco Sempione is the Palazzo dell'Arte,
also knwen as the "Palace of Art”, which currently
houses the Triennale di Milano art exposition.

Within the park are several attractions like
 Arena Civica, the public aquarium, the 
Torre Branca and the public library which
was previously the X Triennial Pavilion.

 The park also has an urban forest-

mainly of oaks and chestnut woods.

Located just at the rear sides of Sforza Castle,

…Parco Sempione is the best place to rest and
relax after a busy day at the fortress museum.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Sala delle Asse: Leonardo’s Art at the Fortress (Sophisticated Milan Series 16)

Sala delle Asse
Leonardo’s Art at the Fortress
Sophisticated Milan Series 16

The Sala delle Asse or 'Room of the tower' or 'room 
of the  wooden boards' at the Castello Sforzesco  

,,,is where of  one of the greatest works
 of art by Leonardo da Vinci is found.

Dating back from 1498 the great Leonardo da Vinci.
painted the Sala delle Asse ceiling with "intertwining
plants with fruits and monochromes of roots and rocks"

A painting done in tempera on plaster,
a method of painting with pigments dispersed
in an emulsion of miscible egg yolk with water.

A medieval method for fine painting
from the 12th century until the 15th,
when it began to give way to oils.

That mural was already restored several times, and
rhe much somber colors that visitors can see today was 
that o1950s restoration, as bright colors did not seem to
 fit Leonardo da Vinci's style done on earlier restorations. 

In 2012, a new restoration started
to block deterioration by humidity.

This ceiling mural is considered one of the greatest 
legacies of the genius that is Leonardo da Vinci and 
a not be missed attraction at  the CastelloSforzesco.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Castelo Esforzeco: A Fortified Museum Complex (Sophisticated Milan Series 15 )

Castelo Esforzeco
A Fortified Museum Complex
Sophisticated Milan Series 15  

Sforza Castle or the Castello Sforzesco in Milan,
was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza
the Duke of Milan, atop a 14th-century fortification.

It was one of the largest citadels in
Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The castle is quadrangular in shape with two square
 towers called Torre della Corte in the northern side,

 …while the western one is called ''Torre del Tesoro

The castle has an ogival gate which was
once accessed through a drawbridge.

The Sforzesco Castle has long 
ceased to be a fortress castle-

...and now hosts several museums like the Museo d'Arte Antica,
the Museo della Preistoria, and the Archaeological Museum.

The castle also boasts a collection of sculptures-

....and priceless paintings,

...and murals,

... from the Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages 
and the Renaissance periods..

A most visits id the ceiling of 
the Castelo Esforzeco Sala- 

... decorated with classic frescoes 
 done by Leonardo da Vinci.

 The massive exhibits in the museums
based at the Castelo Esforzeco 

...makes it a must visit place 
for any Milan tourist.

Missing the Castelo Esforzeco is like-

visiting Paris without seeing the Louvre.

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