Artistic Wisdom and Skills of Medieval Masters Live Through Artist Silvia Salvadori

Silvia Salvadori while preparing to finish a work

Silvia Salvadori was born in 1978 in Sinalunga, in the heart of Tuscany. She is a graduate of the “Duccio di Buoninsegna” Art Institute and holds a degree in Art Conservation from the University of Siena. Living in the city of the Palio, she has established spiritual and material ties with the surviving art workshops which preserve the pictorial traditions of the best artists of the Tuscan schools of the middle ages and the Renaissance.

Silvia SalvadoriSilvia Salvadori creates an ideal continuity by resurrecting through her hands a tradition and know-how on their way to oblivion.

The warm reflections of gold, the brocades of clothes, the ecstatic rapture of the saints, the mystic exchange of glances between the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus, and the richness of Christian symbolism are all recreated with talent, refinement and dedication, and come to life in the works that Silvia is able to reproduce using the same artistic wisdom and skills of the medieval masters.

She makes use of poplar and linden panels, dust and leaves of pure gold (in order to make incisions through the use of burins purposefully created by the latest master engravers), and natural pigments mixed with egg yolk and egg tempera, following the instructions contained in the Book of Art by the Tuscan painter Cennino Cennini’s (c.1370 – c.1440), the techniques of italian tempera (tempera and gold on wood) painting, and in the Book of Giorgio Vasari (The Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects to Our Times), included a valuable treatise on the technical methods employed in the arts.

Silvia Salvadori’s work is probably the last precious testimonial that preserves and passes on a culture that represents the history of a people whose land and spirit can awaken a sense of wonder in our souls.

Her works of art emanate from an interest which is, above all, accurate, masterly and characterized by ongoing research and experimentation. It reaches in time throughout the entire Tuscan region, starting from Arezzo, with the hidden treasures of its churches, moving onto Florence’s medieval art – which was perhaps overshadowed by the splendour of the renaissance, and finally reaching Siena, with the sacred art of its icons and Biccherne civic paintings with historical decorations on wooden covers containing the accounting records of the municipal era.

The Art Shop is found right in the heart of Arezzo, a brisk walk away from Santa Maria della Pieve Church. Inside, Maestra Silvia Salvadori executes any reproduction of paintings by authors from XIIth to the XVIth centuries. The Gallery “Bottega d’Arte” is open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 – 7 PM.

Reproduction Madonna with Veil inspired by Sandro Botticelli

In this artwork, artist Silvia Savadori combines all the elegance of the Virgin of the Veil inspired by Sandro Botticelli (the face) with her personal style and her preparatory drawings inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s style. Sandro Botticelli becomes the reference point of his creations in Renaissance style.

The Madonna was named for the many veils Silvia Salvadori paints in the background a medieval city of Arezzo surrounded by a timid dawn, between rolling hills, cypresses and lush oak woods.

The botanical and typical aspects of the Tuscan landscape, both in the architectural elements that recall the colonnades of the Florentine palaces of the 400 ‘.

The Virgin has a serene and smiling face and so is the face of the child, intent on playing with his precious veil painted by the delicate embroideries in pure gold. Every detail is taken care of perfectly. The pillow is completely painted on gold to look like a real damask fabric.

The painting is rich in embroideries in gold made of shell (pure gold in powder) and with the ancient technique of scratching on gold of Sienese painting. The voluminous dress accentuates the majesty of this beautiful Virgin.

Many months of work and study were necessary for this work. The table is made of antique wood and on the back I have been inserted by interlocking butterflies. A practice this, very used in the past to merge and make the tables stable to thermal variations.

Reproduction of Madonna della Melagrana by Sandro Botticelli

In this artwork, Teacher Silvia Savadori combines all the elegance of the Madonna della Melagrana by Sandro Botticelli (the face) with her personal style and her preparatory drawings inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s style.

Sandro Botticelli becomes the reference point of his creations in Renaissance style. The Madonna was named for the many veils Silvia Salvadori paints in the background a medieval city of Arezzo surrounded by a timid dawn, between rolling hills, cypresses and lush oak woods. The botanical and typical aspects of the Tuscan landscape, both in the architectural elements that recall the colonnades of the Florentine palaces of the 400 ‘.

The Virgin has a serene and smiling face and so is the face of the child, intent on playing with his precious veil painted by the delicate embroideries in pure gold. Every detail is taken care of perfectly. The pillow is completely painted on gold to look like a real damask fabric. The painting is rich in embroideries in gold made of shell (pure gold in powder) and with the ancient technique of scratching on gold of Sienese painting.

The voluminous dress accentuates the majesty of this beautiful Virgin. Many months of work and study were necessary for this work. The table is made of antique wood and on the back I have been inserted by interlocking butterflies. A practice this, very used in the past to merge and make the tables stable to thermal variations.

Reproduction Madonna and Child by Simone Martini. Sienese Art

The reproduction of the Madonna and Child by Simone Martini, is one of the most prestigious pieces of Sienese Art in collection of art reproductions of the Italian artist Silvia Salvadori.

Simone Martini is the artist who, more than any other, fully embodies the spirit of Sienese Art in the first half of the fourteenth century, with some Gothic influence.

Overcoming the classic Byzantine artistic styles, Simone Martini uses rather soft and sinuous lines to create images and to give rhythm to the entire painting. Moreover, the Simone Martini technique was based on the extremely lively and innovative use of colors, widely used in rapresentation of sacred characters with extraordinarily human characteristics, making a huge step forward, compared to the tradition.

Madonna and Child by Simone Martini. A truly masterpiece

Duccio di Buoninsegna, his teacher, greatly influences Simone Martini, and in his first works the legacy of his mentor is clearly seen. Yet, Simone Martini develops with time an absolutely original and personal style, working in Siena for most of his life, where he depicts the Annunciation, perhaps his greatest work. Simone Martini can be considered the only artist able to competing directly against Giotto, at that time.

Reproduction of art. Madonna by Simone Martini in Silvia Salvadori’s vision

The teacher Silvia Salvadori has made wonderful art reproductions of the Madonna and Child by Simone Martini with a personal interpretation of this Sienese Art masterpieces. In these reproductions, we immediately notice the soft appearance of the faces, the wise use of gold and engravings and, above all, the overall appereance, that has an extraordinary naturalness.

Silvia Salvadori has personally supervised all stages of the realization of reproduction. From the choice of wooden support to the application of color and gold, all laid out by hand. It’s important to notice the lightness of the skin, which perfectly reproduces the spirit of the work by Simone Martini.

To this, are added other admirable reproductions of Simone Martini that have been reinterpreted by the artistic eye of Silvia Salvadori: we can find St. Francis by Assisi, also inspired by the Simone Martini’s style, and a wonderful St. Lucy.

Madonna and Child by Simone Martini, Sano di Pietro and Duccio di Buoninsegna

In the Silvia Salvadori’s website, you can also find reproductions of Sienese Art like Madonna and Child by other great contemporaries of Simone Martini. Starting from his teacher, Duccio di Buoninsegna, where we find the chiaroscuro game that represented one of the characteristics of the artist’s production. In the catalog also the reproduction of the prestigious Madonna and Child or Madonna di Crevole, always by Duccio, where the artist had the extraordinary idea of ​​representing the natural and spontaneous gestures of the Child Jesus towards his mother.

The same work also for the Madonna Madonna and Child by Pietro Lorenzetti and by Sano di Pietro. Even the paintings of these two artists have been re-proposed by Silvia Salvadori following exactly the same techniques of the time.

The engravings realized with the burin, the handwork on the details, the use of the gold and elements like rabbit glue or egg white, make this product a true testimony of that time that survives today.

Reproduction of Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna

The reproduction of the Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna is a tribute made by the teacher Silvia Salvadori to one of the greatest Italian artists of the early Renaissance and Sienese Art.

Duccio di Buoninsegna was the first exponent of the great Tuscan and Sienese pictorial school. Without giving up the Byzantine artistic tradition and the influence of his artistic master, Cimabue, Duccio was able to reinterpret the art of his time, adding the refinement and elegance of the characteristic lines of Gothic art. In addition, an intense work on color made him one of the most revolutionary artists of Sienese Art.

Duccio di Buoninsegna’s style. An exclusive reproduction of Madonna and child

Over the years, the style of Duccio di Boninsegna becomes increasingly sophisticated, with a naturalness and a softness in the representation of faces, which distinguishes him among others. Directly from Giotto, the artist learns the use of chiaroscuro from a single source of light, a more refined representation of space and volume, and a wise use of perspective, which gives his works a sense of greater spatiality. The “Majesty of the Siena Cathedral”, his most important work, is the very symbol of the Sienese Art during 1300.

Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna. Fine reproduction of art by Silvia Salvadori

The teacher Silvia Salvadori has made, entirely by hand, a faithful reproduction, with the same techniques of the author, of the Madonna and child, or Madonna by Crevole, by Duccio di Buoninsegna. The particular element of this painting are the faces. The Madonna’s face is extraordinarily human and has extremely delicate lines: by lengthening its proportions, Duccio gives a pictorial delicacy to the Virgin’s face with an immediate impact.

Reproduction of Madonna di Crevole, by Duccio di Buoninsegna realised by teacher Silvia Salvadori

We find the same softness of lines in the face of little Jesus, represented with less hardness than contemporary art, but more human and soft, like Sienese Art tradition. Truly wonderful the spontaneous gesture of the Jesus, touching tenderly the face of the mother.

The pictorial techniques of Duccio have been reused by the teacher Silvia Salvadori in a wonderful way, especially in the rendering of chiaroscuro and in the coating of the skin. Silvia Salvadori personally supervised the reproduction of this Madonna with the child by Duccio di Buoninsegna.

Starting from the choice of the wooden support, to the preparatory works and to the use of the same identical techniques used by the author. Through materials such as burin, rabbit glue and egg white, the teacher Silvia Salvadori has reproduced not only an image but an entire artistic expression of Sienese Art, stealing it from the past and bringing it to our days.

Other Madonna and Child reproduction. From Duccio di Buoninsegna to Sano di Pietro and Simone Martini

In the exclusive catalog of handmade reproductions of art by Silvia Salvadori, we find other examples of Madonnas and child made by colleagues and contemporaries of Duccio. One of these reproductions is the Madonna and Child by Pietro Lorenzetti, where the teacher Silvia Salvadori has succeeded in reproducing the delicate drapery of the Madonna and the naturalness of the Infant Jesus, who looks at her mother lovingly, putting her hand into the veil and playing with it. Silvia Salvadori has succeeded in reproducing the humanity of Lorenzetti’s faces, scrupulously following the techniques of the time.

Similar work also in the reproduction of the Madonna and Child by Sano di Pietro. The style of Sano di Pietro, strongly linked to the early 1400, maintains the naturalness of the faces of his contemporaries, perfectly represented by the reproduction of art created by the teacher Salvadori, which has reproduced the game of colors in a wonderful way. Silvia Salvadori is also delighted to offer interpretations in her personal style of other great artworks of Sienese Art, such Madonna by Simone Martini, another giant of the time.

Also in this work, the teacher Salvadori reproduced the face of the Madonna with 23 carat gold, following the ancient recipes of Tuscan painting, from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century.

All art reproductions of the Madonna and child, starting from Duccio di Buoninsegna up to Pietro Lorenzetti and Sano di Pietro, are available for viewing on the artist’s official website.