Cernuschi, Enrico

INDUSTRIALIST, COLLECTOR (ITALY)
BORN 19 Feb 1821, Milano, Lombardia - DIED 12 May 1896, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 66, ligne 01, AC, 9)

Enrico Cernuschi came from a wealthy family. He studied for the legal profession, but during his studies he became involved in the revolutionary movement. In 1848 he was on the barricades in Milan and in 1849 he had a seat in the assembly of the Roman republic. He was arrested in 1850 at he was imprisoned at the Civita Vecchia and at the Castel Sant' Angelo before he escaped and moved to France.

In France he worked for Arago and Crédi Mobilier. He made his fortune and eventually he became one of the directors of the Banque de Paris. He was a opponent of socialism and after opposing the Napoleonic plebiscite in April 1870 he had to leave France. He was able to return after the fall of the Second Empire, but soon he left Paris again. He travelled in the Far East and returned to France with an impressive art collection. After his death in Menton in 1896 his collection was bequeathed to the city of Paris and it was housed at the Musée Cernuschi in that city and it still exists.

Images

The grave of Enrico Cernuschi at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2019)

 

Sources
• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Henri Cernuschi - Wikipedia


Cerrito, Fanny

Published: 10 Jan 2021
Last update: 10 Jan 2021