Grosso, Giacomo

BORN 23 Mar 1860, Cambiano - DIED 14 Jan 1938, Torino, Piemonte
GRAVE LOCATION Torino, Piemonte: Cimitero Monumentale, Corso Novara (Ampliazone 3, Arcata 56)

Giacomo Grosso was the son of the carpenter Guglielmo Grosso and Giovanna Vidotti. He abandoned his studies at the seminary in Giaveno but he did graduate from the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. In 1889 he was appointed Professor of painting. He was often in Paris and exhibited is several European countries. In 1896 he painted the actress Virginia Reiter and in 1911 Arturo Toscanini. With his pupil Carlo Gaudina he went to Buenos Aires in 1908 to create a series of decorations. Other studens were Augusto Ferrari, Giovanni Rava and Cesare Saccaggi.

In 1895 a controversy arose when he exhibited "Supremo convegno" at the Venice Biennale in 1895 because he had painted a group of naked women around the open coffin of Don Giovanni inside a church. He was condemned by the patriarch of Venice, the future pope Pius X. But the writer Antonio Fogarozzo defended him. The painting was lost in a fire on a ship that transported it to the USA for an exhibition.

In 1926 he had a solo exhibition at the Pesaro Gallry in Milan. In 1929 he became a senator of the Kingdom of Italy. He lived in Turin with his wife and two children. He died in that city in 1938.

Related persons
• painted Toscanini, Arturo


The ashes of several famous persons were buried here at the Cimitero Monumentale, Turin.
Picture by Androom (28 Feb 2014)


Giacomo Grosso - Wikipedia

Grosz, George

Published: 04 Feb 2024
Last update: 04 Feb 2024