The house in Corso Monforte.
Penetrating eyes, straight whiskers, tail coiled on the grating: in 43, Corso Monforte, a black cat stares at you from a street-level hopper window. However, it cannot run away from dogs or chase mice, as it is an iron cat. One of the many ironwork marvels decorating Milano’s Art Nouveau buildings between the nineteenth and the twentieth century, when Alessandro Mazzucotelli was an undisputed master in butterflies, dragonflies, fantastic animals, leaves and flowers: all in the winding lines that he stole from nature.
Our trip starts from the Art Nouveau palazzi, from the elegant and colourful mansions built in that time, admiring beauty sculpted in stone or seductively painted on tiles.