The 16th century Palazzo Crivelli, in Via dei Banchi Vecchi, is much better known by its nickname, the Palazzo dei Pupazzi (Palace of the Puppets).
The palazzo was built in 1538 by Gian Pietro Crivelli, a goldsmith from Milan. The richly decorated facade is the work of Giulio Mazzoni (1525-1618). The military emblems were thought to resemble puppets, which is how the palazzo acquired its nickname.
There is another palazzo in Rome that also carries the nickname the Palazzo dei Pupazzi, namely the 18th century Palazzo Centino-Toni in Via Capo le Case. The Palazzo Centino-Toni was built between 1732-42 and the decoration on the facade is the work of Francesco Rosa.
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