Abandoned woman, part of the Civic Drawing Collection of the Salò Art Museum

Elisa Filomena - Suicidio, grafite su carta, 50x40cm, 2018

Donna abbandonata (Abandoned woman), formerly entitled Suicidio (Suicide), is the artwork that since 2019 has become part of the Civica Raccolta del Disegno del MUSA (Civic Drawing Collection of the Salò Art Museum), thanks to Attilio Forgioli, artist and member of the selection committee of the collection.

The drawing, graphite on paper, measures 50×40 cm and represents an abandoned woman, as if passed out on a foreshortened floor. Her bowed arms and legs do not display a form of harmony with the rest of the body; on the contrary, they reveal a form of joint sprain typical of an injured body. The inexpressive doll face defines her bodily absence and the macabre nature of the unliving matter.

«I am deeply honoured to be part of the Civic Drawing Collection of the Salò Art Museum. Meant to establish a collection based on the drawings of artists who have also worked with this refined and precious medium, having a museum that has been operating since 1938 in Italy has a priceless cultural value, also highlighted by focusing and enhancing the vision of a higher artistic technique. I consider drawing as the purest and most revealing form of artistic expression; it assesses the profound nature of the author, it reveals all his character traits and features, it does not take shortcuts, reason for which I experience it as the highest ineffable form of human expression».

Elisa Filomena


Through collections, exhibitions and even more through the initiatives that make it a living place of culture, the Salò Art Museum wants to be a place in which to gather, interpret and convey to the community and to the visitors of the cities of Salò and Garda, the identity of the city, its treasures and its contribution to national history.

The Museum is hosted inside the Santa Giustina church that stood out on the landscape of Salò for its Mannerist architecture of great modernity and refinement: the structure, established in 1587, has been transformed thanks to Angelo Fuchs, author of remarkable liberty architecture examples on the shores of Lake Garda. During the centuries of the Republic of Venice (1426-1797), Salò promoted and consolidated his primacy inside the Garda Confederation through artistic patronage.

The Civic Drawing Collection is an outstanding institution to the extent of its collection, for the quality and for its public nature, with the purpose of collecting Italian graphic artworks from WWII until nowadays. Thanks to a committee composed of  Attilio Forgioli, Flaminio Gualdoni, Pino Mongiello (to name just a few), and also to an agreement with the Province of Brescia, the collection has grown considerably and has now gathered more than 600 drawings, the subject of national and international exhibitions.


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Elisa Filomena - Suicidio

Elisa Filomena – Suicidio, graphite on paper, 50x40cm, 2018