Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, Italian (1609-1685)

Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (1609-1685), also known as Giovanni Battista Salvi, was an Italian Baroque painter. He is often referred to only by the name of his birthplace village, Sassoferrato, as was customary in his time.

He was born in the small village of Sassoferrato in the Marche region of central Italy, halfway between Rome and Florence, east of Apennines.

Sassoferrato apprenticed his father, Tarquinio Salvi. Fragments of Tarquinio’s work are still visible in the church of Saint Francis in Sassoferrato. The rest of Giovanni’s formal training is not documented, but it is thought that he worked under the Bolognese Domenichino, a main apprentice of Annibale Carracci.

Few public commissions by Sassoferrato exist. Sassoferrato focused on private patrons, concentrating on producing various devotional images such as the Virgin Mary. Apart from his many smaller works, his paintings include works at the Benedictine convent of San Pietro in Perugia (1630) and the imposing altarpiece in Santa Sabina, Rome, portraying La Madonna del Rosario (1643). In 1683, Cardinal Chigi presented Sassoferrato’s self-portrait to Cosimo III de’ Medici.

Sassoferrato passed away in 1685.