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Female bust known as La Mora
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Female head called of Theodora
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Agostino Busti, detto il Bambaia - Lying statue of Gaston de Foix
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Agostino di Duccio - San Sigismondo traveling to Aguano
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Bonino da Campione - Ark of Bernabò Visconti
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Plate with the symbols of the Evangelsti
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Portal of the Banco Mediceo
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Tabernacle with figures of angels
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External fornix of the Pusterla dei Fabbri
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Votive statues from Porta Ticinese
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Nine hank readout
Female bust known as La Mora
Female head called of Theodora
Agostino Busti, detto il Bambaia - Lying statue of Gaston de Foix
Agostino di Duccio - San Sigismondo traveling to Aguano
Bonino da Campione - Ark of Bernabò Visconti
Plate with the symbols of the Evangelsti
Portal of the Banco Mediceo
Tabernacle with figures of angels
External fornix of the Pusterla dei Fabbri
Votive statues from Porta Ticinese
Nine hank readout

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The portal was the main entrance to the so-called Banco Mediceo, the palace donated by Francesco Sforza to Cosimo de 'Medici in 1455, home to the bank branch headed by Pigello Portinari, located in via dei Bossi. Already destined to be exported to England, the monument was acquired in 1864 by the Museo Patrio Archeologico thanks to the joint financial effort of private citizens, the State and the Municipality of Milan. Although the construction events of the building are particularly rich in letters and notarial deeds, the final document that ascertains the name of the architect and explains the role played by the Lombard masters called to work on that undertaking commissioned by the Medici family is missing. Antonio Averulino, a Tuscan architect called to various construction sites promoted by Francesco Sforza, has the role of witness of the "splendid factory" described by 1464 in his Treaty of Architecture. An exuberant decoration covers the shoulders, the archivolt and the tympanum of the portal, filling the entire surface with natural and allegorical figures, fluted pilasters, frames, coats of arms, emblems and mottos enveloped in plant ornaments; finally, within clypei pods, the profile busts of Francesco I Sforza and his wife Bianca Maria Visconti.

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