|SCENERY DESIGNER (ITALY)|
BORN 23 May 1815, Borgo San Donnino, Emilia-Romagna - DIED 24 Sep 1889, Parma, Emilia-Romagna|
GRAVE LOCATION Parma, Emilia-Romagna: Cimitero della Villetta, Viale della Villetta 29 B
Girolami Magnani's father died when he was nine years old and he moved with his mother and sister from what is now Fidenza to Parma. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts where he studied scenography under Giuseppe Boccaccio (1790-1852) in 1833. In 1842 he was engaged as set designer at the Teatro di Guastalla.
In 1848 he obtained a professorship at the Accademia di Parma and he staged Verdi's "Masnadieri" (1847) for the Ducal Theatre of Parma. He was commissioned to renew the Ducal Theatre in 1853 by Carlo III de Bourbon and he collected ideas around Europe before he started this task. In 1881 he became the president of the Academy of Fine Arts.
He was paralyzed as the time of his death in Parma in 1889. His monument at the Cimitero della Villetta was designed by Giovanni Chierici (1830-1917).
cooperated with Verdi, Giuseppe