Umberto Noni (Trieste 1892 – Roma 1971), Still life with globe, oil on canvas, 1931

Umberto Noni (Trieste 1892 – Roma 1971),  Still life with globe, oil on canvas, 1931

Umberto Noni (Trieste 1892 – Roma 1971), Still life with globe, oil on canvas, 1931

Location: Apartaments of the Duca d’Aosta – first floor

The painting was made in 1931 by the Trieste painter Umberto Noni, at the time of his stay in the Castle of the Duke Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, who wanted it hung in the Library of Maximilian of Habsburg, used as his own private study.

Bright colors and a clear drawing rigor make this work very attractive, stylistically in line with the production of posters and magazine covers made by the author in his successful activity as a poster artist and illustrator.

The composition is centered on a globe surrounded by objects connected to the art of navigation and the history of exploration, while laterally it has a long spiral scroll containing the names of the greatest Italian navigators, a clear reflection of the climate of intense nationalism of the ‘era.

Below the globe the Latin writing Fide Enixi Robore Tentavere stands out (“Basing on faith, they tried by force”), whose initials return the famous motto of the House of Savoy, FERT, always considered an enigma to be solved, and here interpreted as a reference to companies accomplished with faith and strength.

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