, Saint. Ambrose b. 340 d. April 4, 397 Archbishop of Milan, Roman Catholic Saint, Patron Saint of Milan. He is remembered as one of the most influential ecclesiastical leaders of the 4th century A.D. and was one of the four original Doctors of the Church. He is also credited with introducing hymnology from the Eastern Church into the West. Born Aurelius Ambrosius around 340 A.D. into a Roman Christian family at Trier, in present-day Germany, his father was the praetorian perfect of Gaul and his mother was an intellectual and pious...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Natural causes Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: In Basilica's crypt, open to public on Ambrose's feast day
Ascari, Alberto b. July 13, 1918 d. May 26, 1955 European Race Car Driver. He was born into a motor racing family in Milan, Italy. His famous father Antonio Ascari was killed at the French Grand Prix when he was just seven. Alberto Ascari started his career racing motorcycles and then race cars. World War II interrupted his racing. During the war, Ascari started a road transportation business with a partner and hauled fuel to Musolini's armies in North Africa. Resuming his racing in the postwar, he won 47 international races in 56 starts...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Family
Ascari, Antonio b. September 15, 1888 d. July 26, 1925 Auto Racing Champion. A former car salesman, he began racing professionally in 1919, always driving Alfa Romeos. He won the Italian Grand Prix in 1924 and the European Grand Prix in 1925. Ascari was killed in a crash while competing in the French Grand Prix in July 1925. His son was auto racing legend Alberto Ascari, and the two are buried together. (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Aulenti, Gaetana 'Gae' b. December 4, 1927 d. November 1, 2012 Italian architect and designer. Best known as designer of the Orsay Museum in Paris. Graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan, her career is divided between the university teaching and the design and restructuring of important works, including the "National Museum of Catalan art" in Barcelona, the "Scuderie del Quirinale" in Rome, the Italian Pavilion at EXPO 92 in Sevilla, the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the renovation of...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Basilico, Gabriele b. April 12, 1944 d. February 12, 2013 Photographer. Called the "Genius of the Black and White" because of his photographic technique, he is regarded by many as one of the greatest contemporary documentary photographers and is remembered for his photographic reportages of the urban landscapes of some of the largest cities in the world. After studying architecture in 1973, he started his profession as a photographer dedicating himself to landscape photography and more particularly to architectural photography. In 1982, he achieved...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Boito, Arrigo b. February 24, 1842 d. June 10, 1918 Composer, Librettist, Critic. He is remembered today for his opera "Mefistofele" and his collaborations with composer Giuseppe Verdi. Boito was born in Padua, Italy, of Italian-Polish descent. His early musical gifts enabled him to attend the Milan Conservatory on a scholarship and later to study abroad, during which he was introduced to Verdi in Paris. Moving to Milan in 1862, he was a member of the controversial Scapigliatura literary movement and penned sardonic verse condemning...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Corridor B/G. Familiar Grave
Bonetto, Felice b. June 9, 1903 d. November 21, 1953 Auto Race Car Driver. An prewar Alfa Romeo sports car driver, he had an opportunity in the inmediate postwar period with the Cisitalia team. He drove briefly for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. In 1952-53 he drove for Maserati doing a full Formula 1 program before his fatal crash at Mexico driving a Lancia during the Carrera Panamericana. Burial Place (ashes minus heart.):Cimetero Monumentale di Milano.Galleria de Levante, Colombaro No.6 Cassella No.35. (Bio by: 380W) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Borromeo, Saint. Carlo b. October 2, 1538 d. November 3, 1584 Roman Catholic Saint. He was made a Cardinal at age 22 by his uncle, Pope Pius IV. Shortly afterwards he was made Archbishop of Milan, and is best remembered for his work amongst the poor, especially during 1576 when Milan was struck by the plague. He spared no thought for his own health and sort accomodation for the sick and assisted in the burial of the dead. He was canonized in 1st November 1610, and his feast is celebrated on the 4th of November. He is the patron Saint of stomach diseases. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cathedral of Milan, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: "Scurolo di San Carlo", Beneath The Main Altar.
Canova da Milano, Francesco b. August 18, 1497 d. January 2, 1543 Lutenist, Composer. Arguably the greatest lute player of the Renaissance, he was called "Il divino" ("The Divine"). Francesco was born in Monza, near Milan. From 1519 he was based in Rome, where he was employed at the Papal Courts of Leo X, Clement VII, and Paul III, as well as by Cardinal Ippolito de' Medici. He maintained close ties with his native region and was appointed a Canon at Milan's Basilica dei SS Apostoli e Nazaro Maggiore, a position he later resigned to marry a wealthy...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala (Defunct), Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Site now the La Scala Opera House
Colombo, Cardinal. Giovanni Umberto b. December 6, 1902 d. May 20, 1992 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Caronno Pertusella born Giovanni Umberto Colombo was the sixth of seven children born to Enrico Colombo and Luigia Millefanti. Receiving his early education under the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Ivrea and successively at the seminaries of Seveso, Monza and Milan and the latter city's Catholic University, he was ordained priest by Cardinal Eugenio Tosi O.SS.C.A., on May 29, 1926. Named professor of letters at the Seveso's seminary in October of that same year...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Milan, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Beneath The Pavement Of The Right Side Nave In Front Of The Altar That Houses The Remains Of Blessed Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster OSB.
Corelli, Franco b. April 8, 1921 d. October 29, 2003 Acclaimed Opera Tenor. This Italian singer made his debut 1951 in Spolento, as Don José in Carmen. From that moment on, he was to be apprechiated as one of the greatest opera singers in modern time, with a voice often compared with the great Caruso´s. He was a globetrotter in Opera, and have been performing the stages of repute: La Scala in Milan, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Covent Garden in London, and the Metropolitan in New York, where he made his debut in ”Il Trovatore.” (Bio by: Peter Robsahm) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Cosway, Maria b. June 11, 1760 d. January 5, 1838 Artist. Born Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Hadfield in Florence, Italy to English parents. Convent educated, her talent for art was recognized early and she studied both in Italy and England. At nineteen she was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. She traveled to England at the invitation of Angelica Kauffman who introduced her to society. She met Richard Cosway, who was well regarded as a miniature painter. They married in London on January 18, 1781. American Ambassador...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
De Bono, Gen. Emilio b. March 19, 1866 d. January 11, 1944 General and Marshal of Italy. A senator of the Kingdom of Italy. He was promoted to general at the end of World War I ,and joined at the fascism. He led the march of the Camice Nere on Rome and soon after the birth of the Mussolini government he assumed the office of Director General of Public Security and first commander of the national militia. On 17 June 1924, following the killing of the deputy Giacomo Matteotti, he left his post as chief of police. He was later tried and forced to give up...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cassano d'Adda Cemetery, Cassano d'Adda, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
De Palma, Piero b. August 31, 1925 d. April 5, 2013 Opera Singer. A tenor known as "Il Principe dei Comprimari", he reigned supreme among the genre of singers called upon to go onstage virtually every night, portraying widely differing characters in a variety of languages. Though little is recorded of his early years, he started his professional career as a chorister, began singing on RAI in 1948, and made his 1952 operatic debut at Naples' Teatro San Carlo. Perhaps indicative of his status as the Prince of Comprimarios, Mr. De Palma was not...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Dominguez, Oralia b. October 25, 1925 d. November 25, 2013 Opera Singer. A mezzo soprano, she is remembered as a premier exponent of roles both Italian and Germanic. Raised in northern Mexico, she was trained at the National Conservatory of Music and made her 1945 professional bow at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes as the Singer from Puccini's "Manon Lescaut". Oralia refined her art, adding new roles to her repertoire, and on March 7, 1951 was the jealous Princess Amneris in an (in)famous Mexico City performance of Verdi's "Aida" in which Maria...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Eielson, Jorge Eduardo b. April 13, 1924 d. March 8, 2006 Artist. He was born in Lima, Perú. He is considered one of the great Spanish-American artist of his time. His work was exhibited all around the world. In 1945, he was awarded with the National Award of Poetry in Perú. He moved to Italy in the 1950s and there is best known for his performances. His works was influenced by precolombine culture and he is remembered for the "knots" in his paintings. One of his most famous paintings is "La Última Cena." His last performance entitled "Vivere e un'...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy