Agostini, Lodovico b. 1534 d. September 20, 1590 Composer. An important figure of the late Renaissance period. He was a distinguished Catholic cleric whose compositions were entirely secular and progressive in style and form. His "Third Book of Madrigals" (1582) is the earliest known collection of music written for female voices. The illegitimate son of a priest, he was born in Ferrara, Italy, and spent most of his life there. He enjoyed equally successful careers as a court musician under Duke Alfonso II d'Este and in the Ferrarese church...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di Santo Spirito, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Antonioni, Michelangelo b. September 29, 1912 d. July 30, 2007 Motion Picture Director, Screenwriter. Born in Ferrara, Italy. He received an Academy Award-Nomination for the 1966 film "Blow-Up". During the course of his career, Antonioni worked with such film stars as Alain Delon, Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Richard Harris and Jack Nicholson. His other notable films include, "Story of a Love Affair" (1950), "The Adventure" (1960), "The Red Desert" (1964), "Three Faces of a Woman" (1965), "Zabriskie Point" (1969), "The Passenger" (1975) and "Beyond...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Banks, Arthur b. October 6, 1923 d. December 20, 1944 World War II George Cross Recipient. Born in Llanddulas, North Wales, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1942 and became a Flight Sergeant in the 112 Squadron, Desert Air Force. In late August 1944, he was shot down over Northern Italy while undertaking an armed reconnaissance operation. He tried to reach the Allied lines, but had much difficulty due to heavy enemy activity. During the following months he managed to join up with a partisan resistant group and helped them in actions against...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Argenta, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: III, A, 7.
Borgia, Lucrezia b. April 18, 1480 d. June 24, 1519 Italian Aristocracy. Born in Rome, the third child of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and his mistress Vanozza dei Cattanei. She stayed in her mother's house for three years before she and her brothers were removed to the care of a Borgia cousin, Adriana de Mila. Like most women of the age, she was little more than a pawn. At eleven she was betrothed to Don Cherubin de Centelles; the betrothal, however, was broken almost immediately, and Lucrezia was married by proxy to Don Gasparo de Procida. In...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Convento del Corpus Domini, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
De Pisis, Filippo b. May 11, 1896 d. April 2, 1956 Italian Painter. He started to study drawing at the age of six. At eighteen he entered the University of Bologna, where he studied literature and philosophy and continued to paint. After graduating he went to Rome and worked for four years as a teacher, and began dedicating himself seriously to painting. In the early 20s, he became aware of his homosexuality and at this time he moved to Paris to study the work of French artists that he admired, especially Delacroix and Manet. He remained in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Giordani, Cardinal. Luigi b. October 13, 1822 d. April 21, 1893 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Santa Maria Codifiume, Luigi Giordani was ordained priest by Cardinal Ignazio Giovanni Cadolini on September 19, 1846, after completing his studies at the seminaries of Ferrara and Bologna. Earning a degree in law from Rome, he pursued his studies at the Pontifical Academy of Noble Ecclesiastics. Moving to Marino, near Rome, during the political unrests of 1848, critically denouncing the exponents of the Republic in a letter to his father in 1849, the said...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Sacello del Capitolo Metropolitano.
Hunter, Corp. Thomas Peck b. October 6, 1923 d. April 3, 1945 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Aldershot, England, he served as a Corporal in the 43 RM Commandos, Royal Marines. During actions on April 2, 1945, near Lake Comacchio, Italy, Corporal Hunter was in charge of a Bren gun squad. To save the lives of his unit, under heavy enemy fire, he stormed over 200 meters of open ground in the direction of a house block in which the enemy was situated. As a result of his charge the enemy was in disarray and six enemies surrendered, the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Argenta, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: III.G.20.
Mauri, Cardinal. Egidio b. December 9, 1828 d. March 13, 1896 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Montefiascone, Giovanni Mauri initially had in mind to sit for a jurisprudence course, but the death of a priest brother of his made him join the Order of Preachers at the Santuario della Quercia of Viterbo. Receiving the religious name of Egidio, he studied theology for three years at Santa Sabina in Rome, completing his course at the named Quercia Sanctuary. Soon after ordination on September 24, 1853 in Viterbo, he was named master of novices and lector...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Sacello del Capitolo Metropolitano.
Mentessi, Giuseppe b. September 29, 1857 d. June 14, 1931 Italian Painter and Teacher. He came from a poor family and his father died when he was five, but his mother manager to send him to art school. In 1880 he began his career as a teacher at the Accademia di Brera in Milan and in 1887 he was appointed Professor of Landscape Painting. He painted pictures dealing with social issues, particually poverty and suffering. During his lifetime his works were exhibited across Europe, for example his painting Our Daily Bread was shown at the first Venice...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Previati, Gaetano b. August 31, 1852 d. June 21, 1920 Artist, Author. Studied in Florence and Milan. He painted historical subjects to begin with but after studying the work of Rossetti and other Pre-Raphaelites his work became spiritual. During the late 1880's he adopted Divisionism (separation of colour into dots or patches applied directly to the canvas). During his lifetime his work was exhibited throughout Europe. He also wrote several books on theory and technique of painting. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy