Farinelli (Broschi) (Carlo) b. January 24, 1705 d. July 15, 1785 Castrati opera singer. He achieved near mythical status in his own lifetime, and he is often called the greatest castrati ever. Carlo Broschi was born to a family of lesser nobility in Andrea, Naples. He had one brother, Riccardo, a composer who wrote much of Carlo's music. He was castrated at age 7 or 8, and began studying under Nicola Porpora, the famous teacher of the castrati. He was the prodigy of the Farina brothers, and in accordance with tradition at the time, adopted the name Farinelli...[Read More] (Bio by: VampireRed) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Campo Maggiore a Levante.Arco 2
Galvani, Luigi b. September 9, 1737 d. December 4, 1798 Scientist. His name is the origin of the word ‘galvanize’. In 1755 he began studying at the University of Bologna in the Faculty of Medicine, graduating in 1759. He was appointed lecturer in anatomy at the University. He married Lucia Galleazzi in 1764, the only daughter of Professor Galeazzi of the Bologna Academy of Science. Lucia was a modern woman who assisted Galvani in his experiments. Galvani began to experiment with muscular stimulation by electrical means. His notebooks indicate that...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Corpus Domini, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Gobatti, Stefano b. July 14, 1852 d. December 17, 1913 Composer. He gained fleeting celebrity with his first opera, "I Goti" ("The Goths", 1873). Gobatti is a sad footnote in the history of 19th Century Italian music. Much like the "one-hit wonders" of today's pop music world, he was exploited by a cynical entertainment business and then cast aside when he failed to live up to his hype. He came to believe his own publicity and it ruined his life. Born into a peasant family in Italy's Rovigo province, Gobatti studied music with composer Lauro Rossi...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Terza Sala del Colombario.
Gusmini, Cardinal. Giorgio b. December 9, 1855 d. August 24, 1921 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Gazzaniga born Giorgio Gusmini entered seminary in Bergamo at an early age, later furthering his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare, earning a doctorate in theology. Ordained priest in 1878, he lectured letters and philosophy at the said Seminary of Bergamo. Transferred to the Collegio Vescovile S. Alessandro in 1890 where he kept teaching the same subjects along with history, he went on to co-found the Societŕ Cattolica Universitaria, which...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Pietro, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Lercaro, Cardinal. Giacomo b. October 28, 1891 d. October 18, 1976 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Quinto al Mare born Giacomo Lercaro was the eighth of nine children in a family of seamen, three of whom, including himself, would become priests. Entering seminary in Genoa in 1902, he was ordained on July 25, 1914 by Bishop Ildefonso Vincenzo Pisani CRL. The following November, he was sent to Rome in order to purse his studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Serving as a military chaplain at the hospitals of Galliera, Forte San Martino, Torri di Quartesolo and...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Pietro, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Marconi, Guglielmo b. April 25, 1874 d. July 20, 1937 Italian Inventor, Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner. He is remembered for his pioneering work on long distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun. Born Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi, his father was an Italian aristocrat and his mother was of Irish/Scottish descent. He was educated privately in Bologna in the lab of physicist...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Villa Falcone, Sasso Marconi, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Moretti, Cardinal. Vincenzo b. November 14, 1815 d. October 6, 1881 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born to a noble family in Orvieto, Vincenzo Moretti received his education at the local Jesuit college and diocesan seminary, later moving to the Collegio Romano of Rome, earning doctorates in utroque iure in both canon and civil laws. Ordained priest on October 22, 1838, he was named canon theologian of the cathedral chapter of his native city on October 18, 1845. Professor of Sacred Scriptures and ecclesiastical history at the local lyceum, prosynodal examiner and pro-...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Chiesa di San Girolamo della Certosa.
of Bologna, Saint. Catherine b. September 8, 1413 d. March 9, 1463 Religious figure. Born Catherine de Vigri in Bologna, the daughter of a diplomat. When she was ten years old, her father sent her to the court of the Marquis of Ferrara to be a companion to Princess Margarita. While in Ferrara she studied literature and the fine arts. After the marriage of Princess Margarita Catherine became a Poor Claire nun. Catherine was chosen as abbess, a position that she held until her death. She was buried without a coffin; her body was exhumed eighteen days later...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Corpus Domini, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
of Guzmán, Dominic b. 1170 d. August 6, 1221 Roman Catholic Saint. Founder of the Dominican Order. Born Dominic de Guzmán. His mother was to become Blessed Joan of Aza. It was decided very early on that he should have a career in the Church. At the age of twenty-five he was ordained and took up his duties. He was chosen to accompany the Bishop who had been appointed by the King to negotiate a marriage for the King's son. On the way they passed through Languedoc, in southern France, where the Albigensian heresy was winning many...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Of Ulm, James b. 1407 d. October 11, 1491 Roman Catholic Church Figure. Born in Ulm, Germany. He became a mercenary for the army of Naples in 1432. He became disillusioned with military life and left to become a Dominican lay brother in Bologna in 1441. He spent most of the next 50 years creating stained glass windows. He was beatified in 1825, by Pope Leo XII, and is the patron of glass painters. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Poma, Cardinal. Antonio b. June 12, 1910 d. September 24, 1985 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Villanterio, Antonio Poma entered seminary in Pavia, being successively sent to Rome to further his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, earning a doctorate in theology. Ordained priest there on April 15, 1933, he was soon named secretary to the bishop of Pavia and appointed to the teaching staff of the local seminary of which he eventually became rector. Elected auxiliary for the diocese of Mantua by Pope Pius XII, he received his episcopal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Pietro, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cappella di San Carlo Borromeo.
Reni, Guido b. November 4, 1575 d. August 18, 1642 Artist. A leader of the Bolognese school of Italian Baroque painting. His idealized religious and mythological scenes are moody and often sentimental, executed with soft lines, muted colors, and occasional defiance of perspective. He was also a fine portraitist and his likeness of tragic noblewoman Beatrice Cenci (c. 1600) is one of Rome's most visited artworks. Reni was born in Calvenzano, near Bologna. He began studying art at age nine and in 1595 joined the classical Academy of painter...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Rosary Chapel
Respighi, Ottorino b. July 9, 1879 d. April 18, 1936 Composer, Musicologist. The most celebrated Italian composer of his generation, he was unusual among his compatriots in winning renown outside the field of opera. Respighi's "Roman Trilogy", a set of symphonic poems evoking the Eternal City, are staples of the orchestral repertory. They are "The Fountains of Rome" (1917), "The Pines of Rome" (1924), and "Roman Festivals" (1928). His fascination with early music is exemplified in the "Ancient Airs and Dances" (three suites, 1917, 1923, 1932)...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Campo Carducci. Lato destro C1