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.
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
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
Vizzana, Lucrezia Orsina b. July 3, 1590 d. May 7, 1662 Composer. One of the earliest noteworthy female composers, her art was shaped by the unusual circumstances of her life. Vizzana was born in Bologna, Italy, the daughter of a local nobleman. After her mother's death in 1598 she was raised in the nearby convent of Santa Cristina della Fondazza, which had a history of insubordination towards the Bolognese bishops in matters of art and personal expression. Her musical gifts were nurtured by Camilla Bombacci, her aunt and the convent organist...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Chiesa di Santa Cristina, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy