Mauro Ranzani, 2011 © FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano
More than a commemoration, a starting point
“May the happy and honored women of future times turn their thoughts bit by bit to the sorrows and humiliations of the women who preceded them in life, and recall with some gratitude the names of those who opened and prepared for them the way to the never before enjoyed, perhaps barely dreamed of happiness!”
Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, 1866
Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, a personality with a thousand faces – patriot, journalist, publisher, entrepreneur, traveler – throughout her life she challenged conventions, exercising her freedom in a world that recognized these virtues only to men.
On the 150th anniversary of her death, Le Dimore del Quartetto, together with numerous partners, are creating a project dedicated to her with the aim of shining a spotlight on her extraordinary life and work.
Rather than a commemoration, a starting point for a broader and shared recognition on women action in history.
A four-landmarks itinerary from June to September 2021 that goes through four emblematic places of Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso’s life, revealing her wide-ranging personality, and ending up with the placement of a statue dedicated to her in Piazza Belgioioso in Milan.
Each event opens with a conversation curated by Paola Dubini (Business economics professor at Bocconi University) who, taking her cue from Cristina Trivulzio’s life and writings, discusses today’s challenges with four “contemporary Cristinas” active in the social, educational and innovative fields, in writing and entrepreneurship. This is followed by an open-air string quartet concert, with music from the 19th century, by male or female composers who were inspired by female figures, combined with original and unpublished works by young contemporary composers.
Sunday, June 13th 2021, at 6.30 pm
Il Giardino di Cristina (“Il giardinone”, Castello Trivulzio) Locate di Triulzi (MI)
• Paola Dubini talks with Serena Porcari (President of Fondazione Dynamo Camp Onlus and Dynamo Academy, BoD at Associazione Serious Fun Children’s Network)
• Composer Daria Scia
• Quartet Dulce in Corde
Sunday, June 27th 2021, at 6.30 pm
Villa Belgiojoso Brivio Sforza, Merate (LC)
• Paola Dubini talks with Giovanna Iannantuoni (dean of Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca)
• Composer Frida Cuccurullo
• Quartet Nerida
Sunday, July 11th 2021, at 6.30 pm
FAI – Castello di Masino, Masino (TO)
• Paola Dubini talks with Danda Santini (Director of IO Donna)
• Composer Laetitia Hahn
• Quartet zArt
Wednesday, September 15th 2021, at 6.30 pm
Piazza Belgioioso, Milano
• Paola Dubini talks with Alessia Mosca (General Secretary of Italia-Asean Association, former Member of the European Parliament and promoter of the Golfo-Mosca law)
• Composer Benedetta Zamboni
• Quartet Dàidalos
The homes and historic buildings involved are part of an extraordinary and often little known heritage, which needs a narrative to be appreciated as a whole. The province and the city are thus linked through the compelling story of a timeless heroine.
Milano | The first statue dedicated to a Woman
In Milan, to date, there are no monuments dedicated to female figures other than madonnas, saints, martyrs or allegorical figures. Women have always actively participated in the economic, political, social, scientific and artistic development of the country, yet it is extremely rare to find traces of recognition of this work in our cities.
Starting from this consideration, from September 15, 2021 Milan will host the first statue dedicated to a woman, thanks to the initiative conceived by Le Dimore del Quartetto, promoted by Fondazione Brivio Sforza and sponsored by the Municipality of Milan.
The statue, which marks a very important milestone, will be the portrait of Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, based on the iconographic documentation collected by the Fondazione Brivio Sforza, and will be installed in Piazza Belgioioso, a characteristic corner of eighteenth-century Milan, a few steps from the Duomo and Piazza della Scala.
Who is Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso?
Living room of Trivulzio’s house © FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano
Cristina Trivulzio was a brave woman, who was not afraid of any kind of obstacles.
Born in Milan on June 28, 1808, Cristina lived in the middle of the Italian Risorgimento. In 1829 she became a political activist in the female section of the Carboneria (the Gardeners). A few years later, she lived in exile, becoming involved with the Italian Liberation Council in Marseille in 1831.
In 1832 she opens in Paris one of the major cultural salons of the time and then, back in Italy, she participates in the insurrections of Milan and Rome of 1848-49.
As a social activist, she built kindergartens, schools, communal kitchens, and homes for peasants in Locate, and created and directed the Military Ambulances (proto Red Cross) in under siege Rome. Also very important is her contribution as a writer, journalist and publisher. From 1842 she published philosophical, historical and religious works and from 1845 she founded newspapers and periodicals that she directed between France and Italy. Great traveler and entrepreneur, she created a farm in Cappadocia in 1850 and made a journey of the Middle East up to Jerusalem in 1852.
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