Not much is known about the Italian Baroque artist Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato. He's typically called Sassoferrato for short, which is the name of the place he came from in Italy.
We've always appreciated his artwork here at Restored Traditions — there's a warmth and realism that melts even the coldest hearts. Three primary elements make his art appealing:
Simplicity – In today's world of shortening attention spans (did you read this far into the post?), people have a hard time soaking in a piece of artwork that has too much going on. Sassoferrato's paintings typically zero in on easy-and-quick-to-digest art themes.
Warmth – The theme in a lot of his artwork shows the tenderness of the Virgin Mary's motherhood and femininity. Who doesn't love their mother?
Vibrancy – Let's face it, people tend to generally be more attracted to bright shiny things. Our Italian artist friend here really liked turning up the blues and reds with his paintbrush, while making warm and soft skins tones. On we now to the ten images:
The Virgin Mary tenderly holds the child Jesus in this painting. Our Lady has downcast eyes while the Christ child stares directly at the viewer with full and tender eyes.
A portrait of the Virgin Mary showing her in a blue veil with contemplative, downcast eyes
The Virgin Mary folds her hands in prayerful submission to the will of God.
Resting on white clouds, the Virgin Mary holds a sleeping child Jesus in this painting. Many of the artist's paintings are portraits, so it's interesting to see a work that's typically a portrait in art as a landscape.
This exceptionally bright painting shows an awake and thriving child Jesus playing on His mother's lap, while she sits on white clouds. The Virgin Mary wears vibrantly-colored red and blue clothes.
Painted in softer colors, this painting shows the Virgin Mary holding a sleeping child Jesus. Other paintings by Sassoferrato typically show the the Christ child nestled closer to his mother, while this one shows Him with his neck leaned back more.
A portrait of Our Lady in softer colors, this lovely Catholic art artistically focuses solely on the Virgin Mary in a moment of prayer.
A portrait of the Madonna with no halo, folded hands and downcast eyes very similar to this one but not the same.
This painting zooms out a bit more than the one above, while the colors are slightly less muted.
This version of the Madonna praying zooms out even more than the two paintings above. The blues and reds are also more vibrant, and Our Lady is looking in a different direction.
A self portrait of the Italian Baroque artist who painted all these beautiful paintings of the Virgin Mary and child Jesus in the 17th century.
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Last month, I was on a Marian retreat for five days. I wasn't thinking about work at all, but a thought came to me out of the blue to make all our web-quality images free (needless to say, I made a note of the inspiration and then didn't think about it the rest of the retreat. by the way, you should go a Marian retreat someday). I asked the boss about it after the retreat, he said yes, we talked some more about Kansas weather and Irish tin whistles, and here we are.
June 29th is the feastday of the Apostles St. Peter and Paul. The artist Doménikos Theotokópoulos is commonly known as el greco (the Greek). He painted this lovely image of Saint Peter and Paul around the end of the 16th century. You'll notice Paul holding his symbol in art, the sword, and Peter holding his art symbol, the keys of the Catholic Church. The two great Apostles, who are distinctly eyeing the viewer, extend their hands in a manner suggesting they will connect wrists.