Giordano Bruno
January 1548 -17 February 1600

Philately of Giordano Bruno.

Filippo Bruno was born in Nola (in Campania, then part of the Kingdom of Napoli) in 1548, the son of Giovanni Bruno, a soldier, and Fraulissa Savolino. As a youth, he was sent to Napoli for education. He was tutored privately at the Augustinian monastery there, and attended public lectures at the Studium Generale.
At the age of 17, he entered the Dominican Order at the famous monastery of San Domenico Maggiore in Napoli, taking the name Giordano, after, Giordano Crispo, his metaphysics tutor. He continued his studies there, completing his novitiate, and became an ordained priest in 1572 at age 24.

During his time in Napoli he became known for his skill with the art of memory and on one occasion travelled to Rome to demonstrate his mnemonic system before the Dominican Pope Pius V and Cardinal Rebiba. Bruno in later years claimed that the Pope accepted his dedication to him of the lost work On The Ark of Noah at this time.

But Bruno’s critical attitude was not accepted, so he cast off all allegiance to his order.

After many years of scholarships at the Colleges and Universities of Europe, he was kept in the prison of the Inquisition in Rome in 1593.
After the trial (1599) he was condemned (January, 1600), handed over to the secular power (8 February), and burned at the stake in the Campo de' Fiori in Rome on 17 February 1600.

 Bruno had a high degree of respect for Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas.

For a brief biography  click here.



There are two portraits of Giordano Bruno.

The earlier was first published in 1715 in Germany,
more than a century after Bruno's death.  
The later of the two Bruno "portraits" often uncritically acce
pted as genuine. Engraved by C. Meyer in Paris, first quarter of the 19th century.



Stamp honouring 450th year of Giordano Bruno’s birth

On the Bulgarian stamp the second engraving by C. Meyer
in Paris, first quarter of the 19th century.

Bulgaria 1998, Mi 4363, Sc 4058.






Cover honouring Bruno's birthday in 1548 with the title of
his book: De Vinculis in Genere.

This book explains how the masses can be manipulated with psychological and magical bonds, and how one can escape these snares.


Bulgaria 1999. cover.


Bruno wrote this book around 1588, during a two-year stay in Helmsted, Germany. There are actually two versions of the text included in the Nor off codex in Moscow.
A shorter, earlier version precedes the longer version. For a translation of the longer version, see Cause, Principle and Unity, and Essays on Magic edited by Richard Blackwell and Robert de Lucca (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998,
pp. 143-176.)



Postmark on the occasion of the 4th centenary of  Giordano Bruno’s burning at the stake in the Campo de' Fiori at Rome on 17th February 1600.  His signature?


Italy 2000. Postmark Campagna, 17.2.2000.






The initiative for a statue of Giordano Bruno was supported among others by the Dutch physiologist and writer on dietetics, Jacob Moleschott (1822-93), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands,
on August 9, 1822. 

He studied at Heidelberg and began the practice of medicine at Utrecht in 1845, but soon moved to Heidelberg where he lectured
on physiology at the university, beginning in 1847.
Controversial statements made by him in his lectures led to his resignation after seven years at Heidelberg. Afterwards, he was professor of physiology in Zurich (1856), in Turin (1861), and in Rome (1879).

He was senator of the Italian Parliament and shocked the Vatican Authorities by his effort for a statue of Giordano Bruno in the Campo de' Fiori in Rome.

The statue of Giordano Bruno was unveiled by Pope Leo XIII on 9 June 1889.

Jacob Moleschott died May 20, 1893 in Rome. Source:wikipedia.



Postmark on the occasion of the fourth centenary of Bruno's burning at the stake in the Campo de' Fiori on 17th February 17 1600 at Rome.

His statue in the Campo dei Fiori at Rome,

Italy 2000. Postmark Rome, 17.02.2000.









Giordano Bruno with manuscript and feather.


Italy 2000, Mi 2728, Sc 2375.








Postmark on the occasion of the fourth centenary of
his dead at the stake in Rome, 17th February 1600.

Portrait of Giordano Bruno with manuscript and feather.


Italy 2000. Postmark Rome 20.10.2000.





Cover to remind the Holy Year 1600.
The text remembers Giordano Bruno:
16oo is the year in which Giordano Bruno after
a long  trial
was executed (burned at the stake
in the Campo de' Fiori in Rome on 17 February 1600).


Vatican City 1974. KimCover Paulus VI, number 516.





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