3 February 2019

3 February

Giulio Gatti-Casazza - impresario


Manager who transformed the New York Met

Giulio Gatti-Casazza, the impresario who as general manager transformed the Metropolitan Opera in New York into one of the world’s great houses, was born on this day in 1869 in Udine in northeast Italy.  The former general manager at La Scala in Milan, Gatti-Casazza was in charge of the Met for 27 years, from 1908 to 1935. Read more...



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Giuseppe Forlenza – eye surgeon


Specialist whose brilliance was recognised by Napoleon

Giuseppe Forlenza, an important 18th century ophthalmologist and surgeon, was born on this day in 1757 in Picerno in the province of Potenza in Basilicata.  Born into a family of surgeons, he became famous for performing successful cataract surgery and for his treatment of eye diseases. Read more...



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Giuseppe Moretti - sculptor


Sienese artist who became famous in the United States

The sculptor Giuseppe Moretti, who became well known in the United States as a prolific creator of public monuments, was born on this day in 1857 in Siena.  The work that earned him most fame was the 56ft (17.07m) statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and metalworking, which he made for the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis, Missouri on behalf of the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Read more...


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Giovanni Battista Vaccarini - architect


Sicilian Baroque designs shaped the look of Catania

Giovanni Battista Vaccarini, the architect who designed many of the important buildings in Sicily’s second city of Catania, was born on this day in 1702 in Palermo. He was responsible for several palaces and the Baroque fa├žade of the city’s Duomo, although perhaps his most famous work is his Fontana dell’Elefante, in the reconstructed Piazza Duomo, which consisting of a Roman statue of an elephant in lava stone supporting an obelisk. Read more...

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