Laura Bassi's tomb

The marble gravestone of Laura Bassi can be seen along the central corridor of the church of the Corpus Domini, in Bologna (via Tagliapietre, 19), a few meters from the funereal monument of Luigi Galvani.

Even if quite wrecked, this long biographical latin inscription can still be read: “D.O.M. / LAURAE MARIAE CATHARINAE BASSIAE / POST MEMORABILE DOCTRINAE SPECIMEN PUBLICAE DATUM / CORAM HYERONIMO GRIMALDO PROSPERO LAMBERTINO / MELCHIORE POLINIACO CARDD. CLARISS. LAVREA DONATAE / ET IN COLLEGIUM PHILOSOPHORUM ADSCRIPTAE. / ..?.. / UNIVERSAM PHILOSOPHIAM IN GYMNASIO TRADENDAM / PHISICAMQUE IN INSTITUTO SCIENTIARUM / PER EXPERIMENTA EXPLICANDAM ADSCITAE / A BENEDICTO XIV PONT. MAX. / INTER ACADEMICOS QUOS IPSE INSTITUERAT / AC SUO DE NOMINE APPELLARET ADLECTAE / LITTERIS GRAECIS LATINIS GALLICIS ETRUSCIS EXCULTAE / MATHEMATICIS DISCIPLINIS INSIGNITER ERUDITAE / IN OBSERVANDIS REBUS NATURALIBUS SOLLERTISSIMAE / TANTAM CLARITATEM ADEPTAE / UT EAM VIRI PRINCIPES MULTI (AC?) DOCTI OMNES / QUI HAC TRANSIER(E?) CONVENERINT / IOSEPH II AUGUSTUS / LITTERATOS CUM (N?) (SA?) ..?.. ERMONES / IN NOBILISSIMO COETU CONTULERIT / IOSEPUS VERRATUS PHILOSOPHUS ET MEDICUS CONIUX / CONIUGI SANCTISS. INCOMPARABILI / IOHANNES D PETRONII CANONICUS / IACOBUS SACERDOS CYRUS ET PAULUS FILII / MATRI AMANTISS. B. D. S. CUM LACRIMIS POSS. / VIXIT ANN. LXVI M. II D. XX / OBIIT X CAL. MARTIAS AN. MDCCLXXVIII“.

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  • photos by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (October 2007)


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