Friday, January 28, 2011

Madonna and Child by Sassoferrato

Madonna and Child

Sassoferrato
Giovanni Battista Salvi, called
(Sassoferrato 1605 - Rome 1685)
Madonna and Child, circa 1650
oil on canvas

Giovan Battista Salvi known, from his town of origin in the Marche, as Sassoferrato, shows the Madonna seated on the clouds with her feet resting on the half moon. She embraces the Child Jesus who holds in his hands a rosary that ends in a rose. Heads of cherubs rise from the clouds. The image confirms the stylistic elements that characterize his vast production of subjects of a religious nature: images of a solid formal layout with brilliant and almost enamelled colours.

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