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College of Brera, Milan

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Originally the seat of the Jesuit College, its construction was initiated in 1571 by Martino Bassi and continued by Francesco Maria Richini in 1615. Successive extensions of the building maintained the style of Richini's design. The building is centered on a monumental courtyard consisting of a double order, with a double staircase opposite the entrance. The façade, in pure Lombard Baroque style, has a portal which was designed by Piermarini in the 18th century. Today it houses the Brera art gallery, the Braidense national library, the Fine Arts Academy and the astronomical observatory.