The Palazzo Brentani is a historic mansion located in the centre of Milan, Italy, at Via Manzoni number 6. Both this palace and the adjacent Palazzo Anguissola sport Neoclassical facades, designed by Luigi Canonica in 1829.
The building's rather straightforward appearance is the result of Canonica's restructuring in 1829 when he added a facade divided into three bands by cornices. Between the first and second floors, the building is decorated with medallions of distinguished Italian figures including Alessandro Volta, Leonardo da Vinci, Canova, Pietro Verri, Cesare Beccaria, and Giuseppe Parini. The door is surmounted by a balcony for viewing street processions.
On 4 August 1848, the residence was the scene of the attempted assassination of Charles Albert, king of Sardinia. Standing on the balcony while trying to appease a crowd protesting an imminent armistice with the Austrian army, he was just missed by a rifle shot.
Today, following renovation by Giuseppe De Finetti in 1935, the palace and the adjacent Palazzo Anguissola is home to the Gallerie di Piazza Scala.
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- Attilia Lanza, Milano e i suoi palazzi, Vol 2: Porta Vercellina, Comasina e Nuova, Libreria Meravigli Editrice, Milan, 1993, pg. 149-150. (Italian)
- Guida d'Italia - Milano, Touring Club Italiano, 1998, p. 282. (Italian)
- Gallerie d'Italia.