Happy Birthday Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato!! (Commonly referred to as just Sassoferrato, the town of his birth) Italian painter from 1609, Sassoferrato was a Baroque painter. His father was a painter and he trained under him as well as other painters of the time. Not much biographical information about him remains, although we do know he produced many devotional paintings for various patrons. This painting is the Madonna in Prayer.