The Artist’s Private Library
Together with Michele Panebianco’s important graphic heritage received by the heir, there is also a part of the artist’s private library which has survived time and disasters. The remaining book heritage, recently inventoried, is made up of 100 titles with some pubblications divided into volumes and files that make the total number of works even greater.
Without cosidering the individual value of the books in the collection, what certainly appears clear is that they are precious documents which indicate the artist’s interests and research, and an important tool to rebuild the painter’s life, some aspects of which have been ignored or about which little was known till now. Through these works, historical facts linked to the prevalent culture, or to the intellectual mood of the citiziens of the city unfold, pointing out contacts with other national or European areas.
The main topics of the library
- Drawing and illustration
- Art and history of painting
- History and historical biographies
- Religious books
- English books
The origin of the collection
The collection of drawings, paintings and prints, just as the volumes and the books coming from the artist’s private library were received by the current owner and collectionist after Michele Panebianco’s death, after several changes of ownership, through inheritance, shown in the family tree.