The Antonio Feltrinelli Prize (Italian: Premio Feltrinelli ) is considered the best Italian Science and Culture Award.
The price goes back to a testamentary donation of the 1942 deceased patron and artist Antonio Feltrinelli. This had bequeathed much of his fortune to the Accademia d' Italia. After the fall of Italian fascism, the Academy of Lynxes ( Accademia dei Lincei ) took over their duties and gives the price ever since.
The Premio Feltrinelli is awarded annually alternately for services in the following areas: Humanities ( e Scienze moral storiche ), Science ( Scienze fisiche, matematiche e naturali ), Literature ( Humanities ), art ( Arti ) Medicine ( Medicina). One prize is reserved for Italians, a higher doped (also) for foreigners. A special prize for a work of high moral and humanitarian value ( per un'impresa eccezionale di alto valore Morale e umanitario ) was first awarded every five years, most recently ( almost) every year.
With prize money of € 250,000 (as of 2010) of the International Feltrinelli Prize is one of the largest awards worldwide.
1969 a " Gold Medal " to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the newspaper heading Specchio dei tempi and Danilo Dolci was also awarded.