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Congress VenueMilan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.
The Galleria mellonella 2020 workshop will be held at Palazzo Greppi, University of Milan, located in the heart of Milan.
Palazzo Greppi was built by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the great protagonist of neo-classicism of Milan and instigator of great works such as Palazzo Reale, Teatro alla Scala and Palazzo Belgioioso.
The building was commissioned by Antonio Greppi who belonged to the haute bourgeoisie; his aim was to favour his family’s entry into the close-knit inner circle of the city’s nobility. The palazzo became a place for parties and receptions attended by the high society of the era. Thanks to this initiative Greppi Antonio was awarded the title of count by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
The façade, composed and unembellished, consists of three floors. In the central part of the ground floor an arched portal is flanked by two paired columns that support the balcony. The two upper floors are characterised by a series of aligned windows.
Inside, the rectangular courtyard has six arched porticoes on the long sides and three on the short sides. A two-flight staircase leads to the main floor which still retains its original decor. The hall designed by Piermarini and decorated with frescoes by Giocondo Albertolli presents frescoes by Martin Knoller in the inset panels.
For its unity of style and design of architecture, painting and sculpture, Palazzo Greppi is considered one of the most representative examples of early neo-classicism.