Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. the ceremony will formalize the artists’ donation to the Foundation. The meeting will also be an opportunity to remember friend and highly respected volunteer Emilio Sacchi one year after his passing.

A remembrance dedicated to a timeless cycling legend and a depiction of the necessary and compelling state of motion of a body riding its bicycle in a sprint. These are the messages conveyed by the two works of the two Lombard artists, Anna Santinello and Antonio de Nova, who wanted to collaborate with the Ghisallo Museum, applying their sculptural skills and relentless creativity to a work related to the world of this tough and fascinating sport.

Anna Santinello‘s sculpture titled Come il vento 2 (Like the Wind 2) can be considered a hymn to speed, in this case represented here through the hands of the champion forcefully gripping the handlebars of his bicycle, whose arms go to dematerialize until they dissolve. The work is made through painstaking weaving of raw aluminum wires, which are very strong, but at the same time flexible and moldable, just as if they were shaped by the wind. The intertwined hands grip a handlebar made of fire-enameled, bronze-colored iron that with the base evokes the two-wheeled vehicle.

Instead, Antonio De Nova focused his creativity in memory of the Campionissimo by generating a wooden sculpture of a Fausto Coppi with a serious and determined expression. The bronze version was obtained through the lost-wax casting technique, made by the well-known Fonderia Artistica Mapelli in Cesate (Milan). The sculpture weighs about 10 kg.

The event will be an opportunity to remember our friend Emilio Sacchi, a sincere friend and faithful volunteer of the Museum for almost sixteen years, who died on August 24th last year. Lombardo, born in 1931, moved to Magreglio at the end of his work, Emilio has developed during his life a boundless passion for art that he has been able to share with the Ghisallo Cycling Museum, giving life to the Biennial of Sports Art of Ghisallo and Valassina.


Anna Santinello, born in Padua in 1937, Milanese by adoption, graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, the city where she currently lives and works and where she has carried out most of her artistic career. Painter and sculptor she has presented her works in the exhibition spaces of established galleries in Italy and abroad. She has also participated in important national and international events including in 1993 the Milan Biennale (Palazzo della Permanente), in 1997 and 2011 at the Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso, in 2002 at the Biennale de l’Art de la Fibre (Departmental Museum of Beauveais – Oise (Fr.), in 2005 at the BIAB – Beijing International Art Biennale and in the same year at Open 2005 as part of the Venice Lido Film Festival, in 2007 and 2009 at the Ca’ Pesaro Museum in Venice, in 2008 at the Liu Hai Su Museum in Shanghai, in 2009 at the Poznan Triennale (Pl) and at the “Sculptures in the City” competition promoted by the Municipality of Milan. Still in 2011 at the 54th Venice Biennale Italian Pavilion – Arsenale (Tesa delle Vergini) curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, presented by Silvia Vegetti Finzi, in 2012 at the Brabant Biennale – Tilburg (Holland) with Van Loon Galleries, in 2015 he held a solo show at the Broletto di Pavia presented by Alessandra Quattordio and Giacomo Galazzo, Councillor for Culture of Pavia, in 2017 a solo show at Palazzo Marino in Milan, presented by the Mayor Giuseppe Sala and others.

Among the many critics who have dealt with her work, include: Giovanni Testori who first believed in her stimulating her research, Marco Vallora, Tommaso Trini, Luciano Caramel, Rossana Bossaglia, Philippe Daverio, Giorgio di Genova, Enzo Fabiani, Alberto Veca, Valerio Dehò, Giovanni Raboni, Maurizio Cecchetti, Mario Pancera, Pierre Restany, Fulvio Panzeri, Marisa Vescovo, Stefano Crespi, Domenico Montalto and to follow….

Many of her works of sculpture and painting denounce the pain, abandonment and violence suffered by so many women in this society in constant decay and aimed more at appearing than being.


Antonio De Nova, born in Seregno, class of 1934, son of art, was born a few months after his father’s death. At the age of 12 he was enrolled at the Pavonian Institute in Monza where he took courses in restoration and decoration. He then continued his studies with the Neapolitan master Scarpati in Giussano and with Antonio Scarpati in Costa Lambro. He completed his education by graduating from the prestigious School of Art of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

He has ventured into different forms of art as a painter, sculptor, ceramist, illustrator, restorer and set designer. He has held numerous solo exhibitions at the Galleria Civica Ezio Mariani in Seregno: two dedicated to the poems and short stories of Seregno and Brianza by Pierino Romanò and other amateur poets. One organized and presented by Pasquale Colacitti at Circolo Seregn.

Numerous works made of Sacred Art where the Beauty of things and forms emerges very clearly. Numerous sculptures dedicated to Saint Louis Orion, one of which was made for the church of Santa Maria Nascente on the Giudecca Canal in Venice.