Luchino Visconti was born in 1906, in Milan.
Luchino Visconti and his connection with Piacenza
He was the son of Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone, the creator of the Neogothic village of Grazzano Visconti. Since he was a child he started to love theater, creating little plays as games, having fun with his siblings and friends inside of the village of Grazzano Visconti.
The father and his family were well involved into the theater world, because of their ancestors, who were the founding members of the Scala Theater, they allowed him to attend the famous stage of Milan.
Giuseppe decided to built a little thater inside of the village, where Luchino could play his personal stage shows. During his life he took care of the Manzoni theater, located in Manzoni street in Milan. His mother, Carla Erba was related to the Ricordi family.
Later on the dicovery of the cinema; he was the director of many movies among them: “Bellissima“( with Anna Magnani), “Ossessione“(Obsession), “Senso“, “Rocco e i suoi fratelli“(Rocco and his brothers) and “Il Gattopardo“(the Leopard).
He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of the XX century.
In 1972 Luchino got a leg and arm paralysis and he died on the 17th March 1976 in his house in Rome.
An interesting fact: The Duke Giuseppe portrayed Luchino with his six siblings, wearing middle age costumes. The family portrait is displayed under the arcades of the Palazzo dell’Istituzione.