Giuseppe Maria Alberto Giorgio de Chirico was born in Volo, Greece, on 10 July 1888, from Italian parents. The father, Evaristo, of a noble family of Sicilian origins, is an engineer engaged in the construction of the Thessaly railway. In 1896 the de Chirico family returned to Volo where they resided until 1899 and where Giorgio took his first drawing lessons. The family re-established in Athens where Giorgio attended the Polytechnic from 1903 to 1906. His role in art history is of fundamental importance throughout the world. On November 20, 1978 Giorgio de Chirico goes off to Rome at the age of 90 and since 1992 his remains rest at the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere.