Tominz Giuseppe (1790-1866)


Giuseppe Tominz,the painter of the bourgeoisie of Gorizia and Trieste of the nineteenth century, was born in Gorizia on 6th July 1790, in the house n. 30 of what was then called "piazza metropolitana" and today is called piazza Cavour. His family, originally from the Vipacco valley, had been present in Gorizia for a couple of generations, and is mentioned in documents as Tuminz or Tominz. Thanks to the intervention of Archduchess Marianna of Austria and Count Francesco della Torre, who became his patrons, the young Giuseppe, who had shown a particular inclination for painting, was able to study art in Italy. He was in Rome when he was only sixteen and studied at the Accademia di San Luca, but he was not influenced by its classicist approach. He returned to Gorizia in 1820, and in 1830 he settled in Trieste, where he was greatly appreciated by the commercial and entrepreneurial environment of the port city, at that time perhaps at the height of its prosperity. From 1855 he divided his time between Gorizia and the Gradiscutta estate, where he died on 22 April 1866. Giuseppe Tominz was mainly a portraitist, working for middle-class families. His ability to render on canvas both the physiognomy and the character of the subject, portrayed with great accuracy and perfect similarity, never lacking in sympathy and human warmth, made him much sought after. The portrait, whether a family group or an individual, was gradually replaced by photography only at the end of Tominz's career, which did not see his fortune tarnished by competition from the new invention.