“When from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection”.
(Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way)
The acrid and intense smell of acids, ink or smoking no longer pervades these spaces, but fortunately still remains intact the material used in an engaging creative process that starting from the sketch on the white sheet reaches the printed sheet, without disdain different techniques or written digressions. Matter and sign therefore as tools of expression.
And in this place, in Urbino, in the house where Bruscaglia grew up, adjacent to the one where he has always lived and worked since 1951, both so close to the Palazzo Ducale, heart of the city and seat of the Scuola del Libro, is the complete archive of the artist. cataloged and divided into sectors for easier and more convenient consultation.
The corpus of works is composed as follows:
n. 1440 engraved plates
n. 1210 original etchings divided by chronological order (from 1942 to 1999)
n. 740 original etchings divided by thematic series
n. About 700 watercolors plus various sketches, drawings and 59 oil paintings
Editions and art folders from 1957 to 2019
Original unsigned etchings relating mainly to the school period (1937-1941)
Original works donated by master artists, colleagues, friends and alumni including: Sante Arduini – Luigi Bartolini – Antonio Battistini – Arnaldo Battistoni – Giorgio Bompadre – Christian Cassar – Leonardo Castellani – Adriano Calavalle – Carlo Ceci – Mario Chianese – Arnoldo Ciarrocchi – Ettore di Giorgio – Dante Domenicucci – Pino Finocchiaro – Umberto Franci – Rossano Guerra – Jutta Maria Helena Osten – Dante Panni – Lucio Piantanelli – Guido Pinzani – Roberto Rampinelli – Enrico Ricci – Raimondo Rossi – Piero Sanchini – Luigi Senesi – Piergiorgio Spallacci – Walter Valentini
A large number of limited edition art books from the Art Institute for Book Decoration and Illustration from 1939 to the mid-1970s
Plaquettes, folders and art books by other artists
It is possible to consult the catalogs of both personal and collective exhibitions, starting from the 1940s up to the most current; part of the correspondence with some fitting bodies; original documents and photographs referable to various periods as well as a small library of specific texts concerning the history, techniques and protagonists of the art of engraving. Visits can be booked on request either by phone or by email .