“Local gallery with old sketches and auteur drawings”: this is where Bellini’s corpus of 19th-century drawings was found in its original arrangement. Their presence in the collection in Asola can be tied to the figure of Francesco Belli Petrilli, a lawyer from Rome and a friend of Bellini’s.
The most conspicuous group consists of drawings by Luigi Impaccianti (1825 (?)-1882), a Neoclassic and Purist. The collection then grew in 2006 with donations made by Mrs. Nada Parenti Cima, comprised of sketches and drawings created using various techniques, as well as oil paintings, several lithographs, and also typewritten papers by her father, Marino Parenti (1900-1963), who was a well-known intellectual of the Italian cultural industry. Moreover, the collection also includes examples of paintings by Otello Bernardi (1907-1981), who practiced his art in Bergamo, Brescia, Canneto sull’Oglio, and Asola, where he had moved to in 1955. His paintings were not only influenced by Italian art culture – from the 1920s and 1930s to the Informal – but also by French Impressionists like Cezanne, filtered through the paintings of Modigliani and Picasso.
A more recent donation was made by the contemporary artist, Stefano Arienti (1961), with his dustsheets work, inspired by the shutters of the organ in the nearby Cathedral.