Inscriptions gravéesNannetti Oreste Fernando
Carved inscriptions (1959-1961/1968-1973)
Facade of the psychiatric hospital of Volterra (Italy)
© photo credit : Pier Nello Manoni, Volterra.
Nannetti, Fernando Oreste (1927-1994), Italy
Fernando Oreste Nannetti was born in Rome, of an unknown father. After finishing primary school the young boy was put into a charitable institution and at the age of ten was placed in a psychiatric hospital for minors. He then spent two years in hospital where he was treated for spinal disease. It seems that he later worked as an electrician. In 1956 Nannetti was arrested for insulting a public official and that same year was confined to the Santa Maria della Pietà Psychiatric Hospital in Rome. There, at the age of twenty-nine, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Two years later, in 1958, he was transferred to the Volterra Psychiatric Hospital, in Tuscany. In contrast to his period of confinement in Rome when he talked abundantly both day and night, at Volterra he was taciturn and solitary, communicating only with Aldo Trafeli, one of the nurses. But he expressed himself by engraving texts on the courtyard walls of the Hospital’s Ferri block. In 1973 he was moved to the Bianchi Institution, also in Volterra, and then a few years later to another hospital where he stayed until his death in 1994.
Fernando Oreste Nannetti is the author of a written work cut into the stone walls of the Psychiatric Hospital in Volterra, Italy, where he was confined. He said he was in contact with electro-magnetic waves and so, day after day, he recorded that telepathically received information.
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