My Great Grandfather

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My Great Grandfather: Gentiluomo veneziano

Presented by Elena Berriolo

Saturday, 2 p.m., May 22nd, 2010 at the Scuola Italiana.

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My great grandfather Luigi Ferrari was born in 1859 to a long-established Venetian family. His father died not long after his birth; as a son of a widowed mother, he was excused from military service duty but forbidden, by his mother, to marry until her death.

It was only at the age of 39 that he finally was able to marry; his wife was the 25-year-old Teresina Zambon. Ferrari never attended school. Instead, he was privately tutored in numerous subjects, including French, German, English and drawing. Known for his elegant style of dressing, my great grandfather was a book collector and an extraordinary artist who dedicated a large part of his bachelor years to the immense task of copying all the floors of the Basilica di San Marco in what is now a collection of 160 drawings.

Let us open a window on the Venice of his time.

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