Luigi Nono (painter)

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Luigi Nono in 1899

Luigi Nono (Fusina, December 8, 1850 – Venice, October 17, 1918) was an Italian painter.


A young Nono entered the Accademia of Venice, then under the leadership of Pompeo Marino Molmenti. But by at the age of twenty years, he went to Polcenigo in the Friulian countryside, and he began to refine his style of landscape paintings, including Sull' Avemaria, Le sorgenti del Gorgazzo, Ritorno dai campi, and Verso sera. He later returned to painting genre subjects of everyday life, and these paintings would prove to be his most influential. If his contemporary, Giacomo Favretto depicted the sunny and humorous events of contemporary Venice, Nono delved into the painful and poignant scenes. For example, one of his paintings, Abbandonati exhibited at the 5th Exposizione of Venice, depicts a homeless mother and child sleeping under a church portal. He also paints the funeral of a child.[1]

Study for Abbandonati, 1875.
Potato harvesting. (1877)

In 1880 at Turin, he exhibited: La caccia ai grilli and The Fruitseller; in 1881 at Milan, he displayed a genre painting, L'Ave Maria, and others titled: La povera madre; a half-figure Autunno; and October Morning. To the 1881 Mostra of Venice, he sent: Le amanti and Refugium peccatorum, considered one of his masterworks. To the 1883 Promotrice, he sent Sottomarino. To Rome also in 1883, he redisplayed Refugium peccatorum.[2] In 1887 at Venice, he exhibited: I Recini da festa and Ruth. In 1885, he painted Il Bimbo Malato. In 1888 at Bologna, he displayed: A Venezia. [3]

Refugium peccatorum.
I bimbi malati.

Luigi's brother was a sculptor. Luigi Nono's grandson of the same name (Venice, January 29, 1924 - Venice, August 5, 1990) was an Italian avant-garde music composer.[4] In 2012, an exhibit of his work took place in Milan.[5]


  1. ^ La pittura veneziana, by Pompeo Gherado Molmenti, Fratelli Alinari, editors, Florence, 1903, pages 155-157.
  2. ^ Refugium is now in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.
  3. ^ Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti., by Angelo de Gubernatis. Tipe dei Successori Le Monnier, 1889, pages 335- 336.
  4. ^ Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono Onlus..
  5. ^ Luigi Nono (1850-1918) - Capolavori ritrovati e importanti opere inedite. Pittura Veneta dell'800 curated by Angelo Erico for Galleria Enrico.