Furio Scarpelli: paintbrush, indian ink drawing and typewriter


The XXVI edition of Romics celebrates Furio Scarpelli as an illustrator, with an exhibition on the centenary of his birth. A precious collection consisting in illustrated screenplays, sketches, comics and portraits which reveals an unknown talent of the scriptwriter.


The XXVI edition of Romics (3-6 October 2019) celebrates the author Furio Scarpelli in his little known aspect of illustrator in an anthological exhibition which includes over 200 originals such as comics, sketches, illustrated screenplays, portraits and much more. Romics has strongly desired bringing to light a practically never known before heritage thanks to a collaboration with his son Giacomo, Sabrina Perucca, Artistic Director of Romics and Gallucci Editore, which has published his books starting from the novel Brancaleone co-written with Age and Mario Monicelli. The exhibition, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the artist, will be enriched by contributions of movie directors, actors, personalities from the world of culture and art who have collaborated with him and appreciated his works. The exhibition also includes an unreleased project that Giacomo Scarpelli, who has worked closely with his father, is now carrying out.


Scarpelli, best known to the great public as a scriptwriter for films, mostly in collaboration with Age,  started his career just as an illustrator for comic books and satire magazines, a passion inherited from his father and then imparted to his sons. From Il Balilla and La Piccola Italiana, to Don Basilio with all its biting irony. This experience brought out his skills as a writer and he was soon called to compose scripts for films that would later become icons of italian cinema. Passion for drawing never abandoned him, evidence of this are the opening titles of films such as Totò cerca moglie and the screenplays where he used to combine drawings with words. In his sixty-year career,  full of recognitions and Oscar nominations, the will to experiment new elements has never ceased: the attempt to make an animated film; the novels written and illustrated for his sons and grandchildren at a later time published by Gallucci Editore such as Estella e Jim nella meravigliosa Isola del Tesoro; the return to comics with the complex and evocative work Passioni (Gallucci 2018); the children tale  Opopomoz (Gallucci 2013), that has inspired the homonymous animated film directed by Enzo D’Alò; the drawings for the film Cristina directed by Stefania Sandrelli; the visual screenplay of  Concorrenza Sleale by Scola.


Furio Scarpelli was an artist of paintbrush, indian ink drawing and typewriter. For anyone who has loved his cinema, for anyone who loves comics, for those who want to approach illustration, the exhibition of Romics will be an unmissable opportunity to enjoy a very significant figure of italian culture.