Lot n° 45
80000 - 100000 EUR
GIOVANNI BATTISTA SALVI, DIT SASSOFERRATO
SASSOFERRATO, 1609 -1685, ROME
Virgin in prayer
Oil on canvas 44 x 31 cm
Virgin Oil on canvas, 17.3 x 12.2 in.
This work benefits from a certificate of authenticity issued by the Turquin firm in 2019.
If the painter Giovanni-Battista Salvi owes his nickname Il Sassoferrato to the small town in the province of the Italian Marches where he was born, art lovers will remember the great notoriety of the artist as the painter par excellence of the Madonnas. His production, essentially devoted to religion, includes magnificent representations of the Virgin Mary, which were very successful with religious institutions and major private clients for the finesse of the model's features, the virtuosity of the play of light and the purity of the colours used.
After following the teachings of his father, Torquinio Salvi, Sassoferrato joined the studio of the great painter Domenico Zampieri (known as The Dominiquin, 1581-1641) in Rome; he seems to have also trained with Francesco Albani (1578-1660) and in particular with Guido Reni (1575-1642), who is believed to have been his true mentor. In any case, Sassoferrato's style shows that he adopted from his masters the rigour of the great Italian classics of the Renaissance; unlike his contemporaries such as Pietro de Cortona or Le Bernin, who promoted a triumphant Baroque, Sassoferrato retained the influence of Quattrocento artists such as Perugino, Spagna and above all Raphael, to give his compositions purity of line and a very particular harmony.
Among his great achievements are two altarpieces painted in Rome: the Vision of St. Francis of Paul in the church of the same name in 1641, in 1643, the Virgin of the Rosary, in the church of Santa Sabina; and in 1650, a Virgin and Child, kept in the Vatican. Active in Rome, Urbino and Perugia, the artist concentrated mainly on smaller works that were favoured by the patrician families of Italy and great ecclesiastical dignitaries such as the Pamphili and Barberini; he responded to the
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