Madonna and Child with Musician Angels is an artwork belonging to Claudia Ciotti’s collection.
Madonna and Child. Here Claudia Ciotti has created a marvelous work inspired by a similar one performed by Pietro Lorenzetti (Siena, circa 1280/85 – circa 1348) an Italian painter of the fourteenth century, one of the masters of the Sienese school. Certain information on the life of Pietro Lorenzetti is very scarce and is limited, for the most part, to the dates that he placed on his works by him (four received) and to some documents. Not even the biography that Giorgio Vasari wrote of him, the first, offers substantial help, since although the historian from Arezzo dwells on his praise of Lorenzetti’s work, he committed macro-errors starting from the name, which he misinterpreted as “Pietro Laurati” (misreading the signature of the Madonna “Petus Laurentii” today in the Uffizi) and never relating the artist to his brother Ambrogio. Furthermore, he did not entrust him with his most important work by him, namely the frescoes in the left transept of the lower Basilica of Assisi, assigning them to Puccio Capanna, Pietro Cavallini, and Giotto. His training must have taken place under Duccio di Buoninsegna, together with his contemporary Simone Martini. The work exhibited here is not a simple restyling or a mere copy but is the product of the mastery of an artist who knows how to retrace the wonders of art history, through absolutely different execution techniques. Here it is no longer the brushstroke on the canvas, but the one on refractory stone, which involves innumerable executive and design difficulties.