Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini) was an Italian composer and a famous one whose operas are considered most favorite among the people and important opera that are played. He was the greatest composer of his times only after Verdi. Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy on 22nd December 1858 and died in Brussels, on 29th November 1924. His works are mostly based on Italian romantic opera and are in Verismo style. He was one of the nine children o ...

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Zita Saint

Santa Zita was an Italian saint and the patron saint of domestic servants and maids. Born in Lucca, Tuscany, in the year 1218, Santa Zita was first a servant when she came to Fatinelli house. She was a pious soul who was often tortured by the employers and also the fellow servants, even though she worked hard and was very kind hearted. The incessant ill treatment from her employers and co-workers she came out victorious and earned the respect gradually from her employers as well as thos ...

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Luigi Boccherini

Born in February 1743, Luigi Boccherini was one of the greatest Italian classical era composers of his times and cellists who composed courtly and Galante form of music that was totally different and mature from the rest of the European musicians. He has in his name various compositions that are remarkable and are well appreciated as well. His distinctive composition can be seen in the string quintet and is his celebrated minuet. It was also used in the film ‘The Lady Killers’. I ...

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Pompeo Batoni

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni was a famous Italian painter who was born in 1708 January 25th and breathed his last on 4th February 1787. Batoni was an impressive painter who won international fame due to his clients who were predominantly British of noble origin whose beautiful portraits he created. He had a great flair and the technical grasping of portrait work and the various allegorical pictures. What made his paintings more interesting was the depiction of beautiful Italian landscapes as ...

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Santa Gemma Galgani

Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani or Santa Gemma Galgani was an Italian saint in Roman Catholic Church. She was also called the "Daughter of passion" due to her passion for the Christ. She began to display signs of stigmata when she was just 21. She said that she had spoken to a guardian angel, Virgin Mary, Jesus and many other saints like the Gabriel of our Lady of Sorrows. She used to tell the happenings of the future and would also predict what would happen next. She was a simple girl whos ...

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