Faa di Bruno

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Faà di Bruno is the name of an Italian noble family based in the areas of Asti, Casale, and Alessandria, which provided the Counts (later Marquises) of Bruno. In 1703 the family became additionally counts of Carentino.

The family arrived in Casale from Vignale around 1500, in the person of Tommaso Faà, who was secretary to the Senate of Monferrato. The brothers Ardicino and Ortensio acquired the castle of Bruno, near Acqui, and were made joint-lords (consignori) of Bruno. Subsequently, prominent members included:
  • Giovanni Matteo Faà di Bruno a musician of some importance from Casale who published two books of madrigals as well as vespers, psalms, motets and settings of the Magnificat.Iain Fenlon, ‘Faà di Bruno, Giovanni Matteo ’, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He was invested as first Count of Bruno in 1588.
  • Camilla Faà di Bruno, (c.1599–1662), a society beauty who was married secretly, briefly and morganatically to Ferdinando I the Gonzaga Duke of Mantua and Monferrato; her memoirs have been described as the first prose autobiography written by an Italian woman.
  • Ferdinando Faà di Bruno became the first Marquis of Bruno when the county was elevated into a marquisate on 31 March 1652.
  • Ortensio Faà di Bruno (fl.......
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