Joseph Allegranza

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Joseph Allegranza (16 October 1715 – 18 December 1785) was a Milanese Dominican who won distinction as a historian, archaeologist, and antiquary.

From 1748 to 1754 Allegranza conducted research in northern and central Italy and in France. After being put in charge of the Royal Library at Milan, he made a catalogue of its contents, a work which was crowned, in 1775, by the Empress Maria Theresa.


  • Spiegazioni e riflessioni sopra alcuni sacri monumenti antichi di Milano (Milan, 1757)
  • De sepulcris christianis in aedibus sacris. — Accedunt inscriptiones sepulcrales christianae saeculo septimo antiquiores in Insubria Austriaca repertae: item Inscriptiones sepulcrales ecclesiarum atque aedium PP. Ord. Praed. Mediolani (Milan, 1773)
  • De Monogrammate D. N. Jesu Christi et usitatis ejus effingendi modis (Milan, 1773)
  • Opuscoli eruditi latini ed italiani (Cremona, 1781)
  • Osservazioni antiquarie critiche e fisiche fatte nel regno di Sicilia (Milan, 1781)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.