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Chardin. The painter of silence After the Palazzo dei Diamanti, the exhibition will be shown at the Prado Museum in Madrid The Chardin. The painter of silence exhibition confirms the up-todateness of the project that Ferrara Arte have been promoting over the last eighteen years, with remarkable results.  The  exhibition pays tribute to a central character in one of the most fascinating periods of art history:
Taking on the Undertaking Giorgio Bassani's remarkable bibliography is published ten years after his death On the tenth anniversary of the death of one of the most important voices in twentieth-century literature it seems fitting and due to remember Giorgio Bassani with a portrayal and a recollection born out of the reading of the formidable volumes of the Bassani bibliography edited by Portia Prebys that saw light precisely on the occasion of the celebration.
Gerolamo Melchiorri The streets of Ferrara, almost a century later For almost one hundred years the attention shown by the public in the work of Gerolamo Melchiorri, describing the history of the streets in the centre of Ferrara, has provided a clear sign of an enormous interest in the culture of the city. The work, patiently drawn up over an extended period of time, marks one of the stages that the urban history of the city has lived through, starting from Rossetti's remarkable 'Addizione Erculea'.
Sant’Anna The history of the hospital and the financial support of the Foundation and Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara The magazine "Vere Novo..." published in Ferrara in May-June 1910 on the occasion of the visit by King Vittorio Emanuele III, mentions three events: the inauguration of the water-scooping plant in Codigoro, the new Palazzo della Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara and the laying of the foundation stone of the new hospital.
On the tables of the world The Estense Castle as shown in Wedgwood ceramics The use of ceramics dates back to the Neolithic age, the period that produced the first Kyushu (Japan) artefacts in the XI millennium B.C. The subsequent introduction of the potter's wheel enabled perfectly symmetrical work to be created. Glazing was first used during the II millennium A.C. in Mesopotamia, notably improving wear resistance and the appearance of the products. The manufacturing of porcelain began in the VIII century B.C. in China.

Carlo Mayr

Written by  Bianca Maria Felisi Michelini

An important figure for the independence of ItalyCarlo Mayr

Carlo Mayr was born in Ferrara on October 5th 1810. He came from an old Bavarian family who had taken part in the French Revolution; a branch of the family moved to Ferrara because of business interests in the second half of the1700's. Carlo Mayr was involved in the uprisings of 1831. He graduated in Law and opened a lawyer's practice and, in 1848, was nominated leader of the 'Club Popolare', merging the diverse revolutionary currents within the Carbonari and Sanfedisti movements. He was an active member of the brotherhood and was granted an audience with Pope Pius IX in Rome, to plead against the intervention of the Austrian army south of thVilla Mayr in Vigarano Mainarda (Ferrara)e river Po. When the Supreme Council of the Papal States proclaimed the 'Costituente' (Establishing Assembly), Mayr was elected with 24,000 votes and the government of Ferrara was entrusted to a delegation composed of Count Ronchi, Dr. Imperiali and Mayr himself, who was named President of the Province of Ferrara. He worked together with Count Tancredi Mosti in the founding of the 'Bersaglieri del Po', a crack regiment of young soldiers from Ferrara. As President of the Province he Carlo Mayr’s coat of arms in the Hall of Emblems of the Este Castleadvocated the emancipation of the Israelites and had the gates of the Jewish ghetto in Ferrara removed. When Colonel Masino and his volunteer corps occupied Comacchio on behalf of Gen. Garibaldi, Carlo Mayr managed to suspend the advance of the government forces. He then went to the site of battle to prevent the conflict and ensure the immediate withdrawal of Garibaldi's troops from the lagoon. Hunted by the Austrian army he went to Rome where he was declared Benemerito, and the Triumvirate awarded him with a gold medal for service to the citizens. He was nominated as Home Secretary of the Roman Republic until the French army, under Napoleon The bust of Carlo Mayr in Gianicolo, Rome; next to it, his niece Bianca Mayr FelisiBonaparte, invaded the Republic. Forced to flee from Rome he travelled extensively until he reached the Piedmont. With the establishment of the Government of Emilia, Dictator Farini appointed him Home Secretary. Mayr returned to Ferrara on August 28th 1859 on the occasion of the annexation of the Kingdom of Sardinia. On March 17th 1870 the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed and Carlo Mayr was elected as Member for Ferrara in the first Italian Parliament. In 1872 he was nominated Prefect of Venice, where he organized a meeting between the Austrian Emperor and the King of Italy, which effectively sanctioned the final acceptLeft: Felucca and senator suit of Carlo Mayr; right: Nineteenth-century uniform as a lieutenant colonel of the “Piemonte Real Cavalleria” (“Piedmont Real Cavalry”) belonged to Scipione Mayr. Gift of Bianca Mayr Felisi and Giancarlo Felisi to the Museum of the Risorgimento and the Resistance of Ferraraance of the new kingdom with its capital in Rome. On that occasion he was awarded the 'Gran Cordone della Corona d'Italia'. He remained in Venice until 1876, and then was reassigned as Prefect of Naples until November 1877. For health reasons Carlo Mayr returned to Ferrara in 1881, where he died on July 24th 1882. As the only descendants of Carlo Mayr, my brother Alessandro, my sister Cristina and myself, would like to thank the Fondazione della Cassa di Risparmio for giving us this opportunity to illustrate a part of the life of our ancestor.