Palace Bruni Conter – Museum Sorlini

Palazzo Bruni Conter, now Museo Sorlini, tells us about its history up to the sixties Fausto Lechi in his “Dimore bresciane, cinque secoli di storia”

Palace Bruni Conter – Museum Sorlini: “Austere and massive palace, typical of its time, in which little was indulged in elegance and even less in frivolity. In the façade facing the square, in the evening, the portal, the wall and the cornice are the three predominant elements. The portal is in light stone with very large bosses that also run on the arch and then break with a slight inward splaying; the wall is, we will say, abundant and if the windows are sparse, both on the ground floor and on the first floor, they have a paneling with a plume of five vertical clews. After the first floor there is a lot of space before reaching the strip on which the large and thick corbels of the cornice rest; along the north side of the square lies the simple building of the palace services. Once through the portal, a long corridor leads to the large portico with five arches supported by large stone ashlar pillars. In the courtyard there is also a nice little portico in the upstream wing that leads to the stables and, in the back, a nice perspective formed by two gates. The first, which divides the courtyard of the brolo, is supported by two ashlar pillars ending with two obelisks supporting two spheres; the second, between the brolo and the road, is enclosed by a large masonry arch crowned by two pinnacles. Under the portico, which overlook vaulted rooms, on the mountain side the staircase, closed by a gate of excellent workmanship of the end of the century. XVIII. The two ramps, with balustrade with shaped columns, lead into the very large gallery with the vault decorated with stuccos of the century. XVII. The same is true of the large and truly stately central hall, with the inevitable marble fireplace. Upstream a large hall tastefully decorated in the last century with four large landscapes. Beyond it, passing through a lower building, added to the building, there are two more halls with festive nineteenth-century decorations. ”

Museum Sorlini (MARTES) In the seventies Luciano Sorlini (1925-2015), after having activated his factory in the aeronautics sector since the 1960s, moved to Calvagese with his family; buys the Palazzo Bruni Conter and, thanks to his passion for ancient painting and especially that of the eighteenth century Veneto, he begins the formation of a collection. From this originates the Martes (Sorlini Art Museum): open from Wednesday to Sunday during the following hours: 9-15 from 16 September to 14 June; 10-18 from 15 June to 15 September. The collection can be visited only with guided tour (duration 50 minutes)