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Umberto Eco

Before he was a best-selling novelist, Umberto Eco's reputation rested on his academic writings on language and semiotics (the study of symbols). An Italian critic, philosopher and historian…

Eco, Umberto

(Encyclopedia) Eco, Umberto əmbĕr´tō ĕcō, 1932–2016, Italian novelist, essayist, and semiotics scholar. His first novel, the best-selling Il nome della rosa (1980; tr. The Name of the Rose, 1983,…

Umberto

(Encyclopedia) Umberto. For Italian kings so named, use Humbert.

Umberto Agnelli 2004 Deaths

Umberto AgnelliAge: 69 Italian businessman who took over as the chairman of Fiat after his brother's death in 2003. The Agnelli family's empire included not only the Fiat car company, but…

Giordano, Umberto

(Encyclopedia) Giordano, Umberto o͞ombĕr´tō jōrdä´nō, 1867–1948, Italian operatic composer. His most famous work is the richly melodic Andrea Chénier (1896). Fedora (1898) and Madame Sans-Gêne (1915…

Boccioni, Umberto

(Encyclopedia) Boccioni, Umberto o͞ombĕr´tō bŏt-chô´nē, 1882–1916, Italian futurist painter and sculptor. He played a primary role in the drafting of the manifesto of futurism in 1910 and was the…

Nobile, Umberto

(Encyclopedia) Nobile, Umberto o͞ombĕr´tō nō´bēlā, 1885–1978, Italian aeronautical engineer and arctic explorer. He designed the dirigible Norge and piloted it in the Amundsen-Ellsworth flight over…

Borghese Villa

(Encyclopedia) Borghese Villabōrgā´zā vēl´lä or Villa Umberto Ivēl´lä o͞ombĕr´tō prē´mō, summer palace built by Scipione Cardinal Borghese outside the Porta del Popolo, Rome. Begun in 1605, the villa…