Count Vittorio Alfieri (1749-1803) Italian poet and playwright. His 1st play 'Cleopatra' was produced in 1775, and he went on to write twenty one tragedies and six comedies. He became intimate with the Countess of Albany wife of Prince Charles Stuart and on the death of the Prince she lived with him as his mistress. He is buried in the church of Santa Croce, between Macchiavelli and Michael Angelo, with a sepulchral monument by Canova. Alfieri also composed epic, lyric, and satirical poetry, and translations of the classics, as well as a fascinating autobiography.