Francesco Gonin

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Francesco Gonin (Turin, December 16, 1808- Giaveno, near Susa, Piedmont, September 14, 1889) was an Italian painter, engraver, and scenographer.

His father was of French stock, and his mother, Sara Castanier, was from Germany. He initially studied under Giovanni Battista Biscarra in the Accademia Albertina, and later learned fresco painting from Luigi Vacca. He married the daughter of the scenographer of the Teatro Regio at Turin. He illustrated Alessandro Manzoni's I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed). In 1840-1841, he collaborated with Carlo Bellosio in painting the ballroom and a hall at the Royal Palace at Turin. With Bellosio, he also frescoed for the Castello di Racconigi. In 1844, he decorates the walls and ceiling of the theater in the city of La Spezia. In 1845 the Carignano of Turin and the next year of the churches of San Massimo, San Dalmazzo and the church of the Santissima Annunziata in Turin

He paints theaters of Asti and Vigevano, the Cathedral of Alessandria, the church della Sforzesca, and the figures at the waiting hall of the train station of Porta Nuova. He also painted many historical canvases.[1] Among his works are:

  • La Rocca di Sapay presso Viu (Rocci con pascolo) (1850)
  • Defense of the body of Patroclos (1842)
  • Duel of Achilles and Hector (1842)
  • Battle of Mobaldone (1842)
  • Surrender of the citadel to the French (1843)
  • Mossa sulle coste della Bretagna (1844)
  • Return in family (1846)
  • Sack of Rome (1853)
  • Death of Duke of Savoy Charles Emanuele II (1857)
  • Columbus in Jail (1858)
  • The forbidden book i daiansati (1859)
  • Night Verse (1862)
  • Interesting Visit (1867)
  • The Guide (1867)
  • Madonna (1879)
  • Still-life (1872)
  • After Meal of family (1873)
  • Gran Telone del Teatro Reggio 1881


  1. ^ Pittura e scultura in Piemonte 1842-1891: Catalogo cronografico illustrato della Esposizione Retrospettiva 1892., A. Stella, Stamperia Reale della ditta G.B. Paravia e Compagnia. Turin, 1893, page 67-71.