Palazzo Morando Attendolo Bolognini is located in Via Sant’Andrea, in the heart of quadrilatero della moda district. The building was donated in 1945 by the heirless Countess Lyldia Morando to the municipality of Milan. Nowadays the palace houses the Costume Moda Immagine museum, which organizes photography and fashion exhibitions, and rooms used for exhibitions and lectures on the ground floor.
The façade dates back to the 19th century, with Baroque interiors, and a Rococò garden with archways and a loggia. In the courtyard there’s the entrance to the museum followed by a large staircase dated to the 18th century with an engraved balustrade made of stone. In this palace lived Eugenia Attendolo Bolognini, nicknamed “la Bolognina”, whose beauty was so extraordinary that she became the muse of poets such as Praga, painters, sculptors; she was also told to be the lover of King Umberto I.
On the first floor there’s the Pinacoteca that dates back to 1934 and exhibits paintings, sculptures, prints that testify to Milan’s urban and social evolution between late 17th century and early 19th century; the museum also exhibits furniture and domestic objects dating back to the 18th century. On January 2010 the Costume Moda Immagine museum was founded in Palazzo Morando, exhibiting ancient dresses, accessories and uniforms.