Michele Carcano

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Blessed Michele Carcano
Lomazzo Beato Michele Carcano.jpg
Universal preacher of the Church
Born 1427
Duchy of Milan,
Died 20 March 1484
Duchy of Milan,
Venerated in Catholic Church
Feast 20 March
Attributes cross, skull,
Patronage Sant'Anna Hospital chapel, Como

Michele Carcano (Michael de Carcanis de Mediolano) (Lomazzo,[1] 1427- 20 March 1484) was an Italian Franciscan preacher. He is known for his part in founding the montes pietatis banking system, with Bernardine of Feltre, and for the marked anti-Semitism of his attacks on usury.[2]

His sermons were later printed as Sermones quadragesimales fratris Michaelis de Mediolano de decem preceptis (1492). They include arguments in favour of religious art.[3]

Confessionale generale, 1500


  1. ^ Sito Ufficiale della Rievocazione Storica Pace di Lomazzo 1286
  2. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Montes Pietatis
  3. ^ Geraldine A. Johnson, Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction (2005), p. 37.

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