11 February 2019

11 February

Louis Visconti - architect

Roman who made his mark on Paris

The architect Louis Visconti, who designed a number of public buildings and squares as well as numerous private residences in Paris, was born on this day in 1791 in Rome.  Visconti was the architect chosen to design the tomb to house the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte after King Louis Philippe I obtained permission from Britain in 1840 to return them from Saint Helena, the remote island in the South Atlantic where the former emperor had died in exile in 1921. Read more...


Lateran Treaty

How the Vatican became an independent state inside Italy 

The Lateran Treaty, an agreement between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See, recognising the Vatican as an independent state within Italy, was signed on this day in 1929.  The treaty was named after the Lateran Palace, where the agreement was signed on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel III and Pope Pius IX.  The Italian parliament ratified the treaty on June 7, 1929. Although Italy was then under a Fascist government, the succeeding democratic governments have all upheld the treaty. Read more…


Carlo Carrà - Futurist artist

Painter hailed for capturing violence at anarchist's funeral

The painter Carlo Carrà, a leading figure in the Futurist movement that gained popularity in Italy in the early part of the 20th century, was born on this day in 1881.  Carrà counted himself as an anarchist in his youth and his best known work emerged from that period, when he attended the funeral of a fellow anarchist, Angelo Galli, who was killed by police during a general strike in Milan in 1906. Carrà made sketches of the violence that erupted between anarchist mourners and the police, which became the basis for his 1911 painting, The Funeral of the Anarchist Galli. Read more…


Carlo Sartori – footballer

Italian was first foreigner to play for Manchester United

Carlo Sartori, the first footballer from outside Great Britain or Ireland to play for Manchester United, was born on this day in 1948 in a mountain village in Trentino. The red-haired attacking midfielder made his United debut on October 9, 1968, appearing as substitute in a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the London club’s White Hart Lane ground in a United team that included seven members of the side that had won the European Cup for the first time the previous May, including George Best and Bobby Charlton, as well as his boyhood idol, Denis Law.  Read more...


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