Italian Heraldic Council - Marquis Vittorio Spreti Institute cultivates
fertile and ancient relations with my family, heir of the Marquis Vittorio
Spreti, curator of the Italian Historic and Noble Encyclopaedia.
Today as head of the marquisate, I have succeeded my dear brother, Arardo
Maria, as Vice-President of the Institute.
At this point I must pay due homage to the expertise and untiring work
of my father, whose care and dedication allowed the publication, in the
Nineteen-thirties, of a work that is unsurpassed for the quality and richness
of its historic, civic, heraldic, genealogical and noble references, and
which represents a milestone and a sure point of reference for all enthusiasts
and followers of this subject which irretrievably fascinates us.
The prestige and authoritativeness of our family and its link with the
Italian Heraldic Council are therefore a qualified acknowledgement of
its efforts, setting the seal on the seriousness and professionalism of
the activity carried out by its researchers.
One of the objectives of the H.C. – Spreti Foundation, as well as
that of honouring my father’s memory, is the updating of the Italian
Historic and Noble Encyclopaedia, a venture which the Italian Heraldic
Council - Marquis Vittorio Spreti Institute is planning to carry out and
is now at an advanced stage of development, and which I propose as the
ideal continuation of my father’s activity.
It is an ambitious undertaking – almost a challenge – which
we are preparing to tackle with a pinch of madness, even though we are
aware that will be extremely difficult just to maintain the level of perfection
attained by the Encyclopaedia, a highly up to date work that it will perhaps
be impossible to match.
However, this project does not account for all the activity of the H.C.
– Spreti Foundation, which also has the task of keeping the imposing
Spreti Fund, an immense and inestimable historic and heraldic heritage
that embodies many centuries of history; on the one hand it is a mine
of documents, notions and noble and genealogical data, on the other, a
most precious and irreplaceable tool of recognition of the scientific
method and efficient organisation which enabled my father and his collaborators
to complete the incomparable editorial achievement that culminated in
the publishing of the Encyclopaedia.
The choice of the juridical form of the H.C. Foundation – that
is as a non-profit private institution – was not arrived at by chance;
it actually intends to signify, in symbolic and evocative terms, that
the Spreti Foundation is not a temporary association, destined by nature
to be exhausted or to fade away with the passing of time, but an intrinsic
professional creation with deep roots, like the traditional values that
it aims to preserve, guard and pass on to the coming generations.