Ceramiche Giancappetti, maiolica, artigianato ceramico, riggiola, ceramica, maioliche, riggiole, ceramiche.

Giovanni Cappetti, in art, “Giancappetti” is a contemporary master of the great southern Italian ceramic tradition.

He studied literature, philosophy and architecture at Naples university, at the same time exploring the possibilities of majolica, varnishes and all those decorative motifs indispensable in the creation of his own ceramic works.

He was a pupil of the master of Vietri’s ceramic tradition Renato Rossi,“the Master of the masters” who, together with several other German artists was responsible for renewing the ceramic tradition in Vietri during the 30’s. Heir to this artistic ferment, Cappetti knew how to combine expert manuality and technical ability with a humanistic, interdisciplinary cultural background. His art has been acknowledged throughout the world, from the sucess of the Farnese Group exhibition in Milan in 1989, to the Bagatelle Centre in Paris, and the Colombian celebrations in New York in 1992. His works have been publicized in various Italian and foreign magazines, and have been exhibited all over the world. His ability of combining a skilled execution with a refined sense of the eighteenth century has made him renowned both in Italy and abroad.

He achieved international fame, above all for his reproductions of 17th century Neapolitan masterworks as, for example, the majolic cloister of St. Chiara’s church in Naples (1739-1742), where there is a remarkably fine sequence of sixty benches alternating with octagonally sectioned columns covered with majolica, created in the period of D.A.Vaccaro and Donato Massa.

His works can be found in important villas, cloisters, monasteries, churches, among which should be remembered the Cappucine Convent in Salerno, St Augustine’s palace, seat of the Provincial Council of Salerno and the Pontificio Istituto Angelicum in Rome. Giovanni Cappetti is an ‘artist-craftsman’ of a vast humanistic culture, sustained by a strong Christian faith which permeates his activity.

In recognition of his exemplary Christian life he has been vested with the title of Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and in his artistic works it is easy to note a reflection of that divine light which, in Christ transfigures and sanctifies all things.
Writing about his empathy with the wonderful landscape of the Amalfitan coast which has been the source of much of his inspiration, Matilde Romite says” the depiction of places of beauty and the difficulties of work, that on land and at sea man has, since time immemorial carried out on the ‘divine coast’ is an expression of the love and affection that Giancappetti feels so intensly for this land, creating it in the colours of the memory and of the soul.