Giovanni Giardini da Forli / Holy Water Stoup / about 1720Giovanni Giardini da Forli
Holy Water Stoup
about 1720

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Creator Name: Giovanni Giardini da Forli
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1646 - 1722
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Giovanni Giardini da Forli
Title: Holy Water Stoup
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1710
Creation End Date: 1730
Creation Date: about 1720
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Silver
Materials and Techniques: silver, gilt bronze, lapis lazuli
Dimensions: H.28 x W.19 in.
Inscriptions: MARKS
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 63.35
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund and The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund

Giovanni Giardini, the leading silversmith of his day, was probably commissioned by a cardinal or a member of Rome's aristocracy to make this stoup (holy water receptacle) for a sumptuous chapel.

Giardini skillfully combined elements of Baroque painting and sculpture in his design. The oval relief of the Madonna and Child, Joseph, and a young John the Baptist is adopted from 17th-century paintings. Contrasting with this meditative scene are golden bursts of light and angels seemingly suspended in midair--dynamic features seen also in the work of the famous Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Only a few examples of Giardini's work remain, because much Roman silver was confiscated and melted down by the French under Napoleon. Giardini's silver is known primarily through a publication of 1714 illustrating one hundred of his designs for secular and ecclesiastical objects.

AMICA ID: MIA_.63.35
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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