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Sombre giant figures outside the ‘House of the Telamons’ not far from the Duomo in Milan. In classical European architecture, an atlas (also known as an atlant, or atlante) is a support sculpted in the form of a man, which may take the place of a column, a pier or a pilaster. The Roman term for such a sculptural support is ‘telamon’

(at Casa degli Omenoni)

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