Antonio Bernocchi

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Antonio Bernocchi
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Antonio Bernocchi in 1885
Born(1859-01-17)17 January 1859
Died8 December 1930(1930-12-08) (aged 71)
Milan, Italy
OccupationTextile industrialist

Antonio Bernocchi was an Italian industrialist, who built up a successful textile factory at Legnano, a city in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.

Life[change | change source]

Bernocchi was born on 17 January 1859 at Castellanza in the province of Varese, in Lombardy in northern Italy. He was one of three sons of Rodolfo Bernocchi and Angela Colombo.[1]

Bernocchi attended the Scuola Tecnica of Busto Arsizio, but did not complete his education. By the age of fifteen he was working for his father in a small workshop for bleaching textiles at Legnano.[2] In 1898 the family started a textile factory at Legnano. The business became very successful, which was successful and grew substantially. Factories were opened at Nerviano, Cerro Maggiore and Angera. Bernocchi became mayor of Legnano and a member of the Italian Senate.

Commemorative plaque on the Palazzo dell'Arte

Bernocchi made several charitable donations. After the Italian defeat at Caporetto in World War I, he donated to a new charity for war veterans, La Patria Riconoscente. The charity was later called the Opera Nazionale Combattenti.[3]:169 He gave funds for the establishment or expansion of schools and hospitals in Legnano, where two schools are named after him. He was a benefactor of La Scala in Milan.[4]:56 His biggest donation was five million lire to the city of Milan for the construction of the Palazzo dell'Arte, home of the Triennale exhibition, in the Parco Sempione.[5]:24 The pavilion, also known as Palazzo Bernocchi, was designed by Giovanni Muzio and built between 1931 and 1933. Bernocchi's brothers, Andrea and Michele, also contributed to the construction of the pavillion.[6]:1948[7]

The Coppa Bernocchi, a bicycle race held at Legnano since 1919, is dedicated to Bernocchi.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Senatori d'Italia: Senatori dell'Italia fascista: Scheda Senatore: Bernocchi Antonio (in Italian). Senato della Repubblica. Archived 7 January 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Franco Tettamanti (20 October 2010). 1930, addio a Bernocchi industriale col cuore grande (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Archived 30 May 2014.
  3. Emanuela Scarpellini (2000). Il Teatro del popolo: la stagione artistica dell'Umanitaria fra cultura e società, 1911-1943 (in Italian). Milano: Franco Angeli. ISBN 9788846423450.
  4. Gianni Long (1982). La Scala: vita di un teatro (in Italian). Milano: A. Mondadori.
  5. Marco Albini, Luciana Baldrighi (editors) (2000). “I musei lombardi: le prospettive, i progetti, la sicurezza” (in Italian). Milano: Lybra Immagine. ISBN 9788882230449.
  6. Dario Marchesoni, Luisa Giussani (1985). La Triennale di Milano e il Palazzo dell'arte. Milan: Electra. ISBN 9788843511723.
  7. Francesca Bonazzoli (9 May 2013). L'industriale Bernocchi: esempio puro di mecenatismo (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Archived 14 July 2014.