Here is an evocative antique plaque of the Madonna and Child with Angels (Madonna Col Bambino ed Angeli), after a painting in oils by Giovanni Battista Salvi. Salvi was a late Renaissance artist born in Sassoferrato, Italy, in 1609 (he is also known by the name Sassoferrato) and he created several versions of this painting in the 1670s, varying mainly in the details of the putti. An autograph version is in the Pinacoteca Brera, Milan. Another version is in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica di Palazzo Corsini in Rome. This plaque is a copy of the version that hangs in the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Art Gallery) in Dresden. In 1860 the artist Emil Ens created this plaque on Berlin porcelain, based on the Dresden painting, and he signed and dated the plaque on the back along with the name of the artist, Sassoferrato. Ens is well-known for his superb realistic paintings on KPM porcelain. The frame is thirteen and a quarter by ten and three-quarters inches, and the plaque is ten inches by seven and three-quarters inches. The only flaw is a small rubbed area in the upper right corner, which you can see in the photo of that corner. This magnificent plaque stands as an outstanding tribute to the unsurpassed artistic skills of the KPM painters in the nineteenth century. By the way, the museum in Dresden also contains the original of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, which I have on offer in Laureate Antiques as a KPM plaque that might also be painted by Ens.
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