This is a perfectly detailed porcelain sculpture that is uplifting and spiritual. It shows how Antonio Borsato so loved the Madonna and the Holy Family. (His work is on display in the Vatican.)
This sculpture is in Excellent Condition; certainly unusual for a piece of this age (it dates to the 1960s).
It is a large piece, 12 inches tall, 10 and 1/2 inches wide, and it stands out from the wall about 3 inches.
The world lost a great artist when Antonio Borsato was killed in an auto accident in 1982. Borsato worked endlessly to make each creation a melody of color and movement. It is reassuring to note that no Borsato was in mass production; in fact there can be many differences between "the same" pieces; a tilt of the head; different colorations; perhaps a subtle difference in expression.
Borsato is known as the Michelangelo of the 20th Century. His works are displayed in the Vatican, museums, and many significant private collections. He studied under the great Cacciapuoti early on, but many believe he far surpassed his mentor, becoming the greatest of the Capo-Di-Mante genre.
Borsato works of art are irreplaceable just as are the works of other Old Masters. His impeccable faithful adherence to detail, a wisp of hair, facial expression, even eyelashes, gestures, whimsical humor, anatomical perfection, combine to endow each of Borsato's works with breathing realism . A Borsato art treasure is an exquisite masterpiece to be cherished as an heirloom for eternity.
Borsato porcelain sculptures are considered the cream of Capodimonte porcelain.
The book Capodimonte Collectibles, published in 1990, presents a fascinating history of Capodimonte porcelain, and clearly indicates that some 20th Century artists were included in the term "Capodimonte." Antonio Borsato is featured over and over again as a prime example. His work is pictured on Pages 53, 58, 63, 64, 117, 118, 134, 139, and 153. His trademark (artist's palette) is also shown.
This large and complete book outlines the original history, and the various trademarks used for this umbrella term; from unmarked pieces, to a fleur-di-lis in a circle, to the crown with the N, to more modern marks which this book includes the Borsato trademark. .
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