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Luca Giordano

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Series Of The Four Parts Of The World. America

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Annunciation to Joachim and Meeting and the Golden Gate

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The Visitation

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David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem

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Dream of Saint Joseph

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Abraham heard the promises of the Lord

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Abraham and the three angels

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Battle of Saint-Quentin

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Battle of Saint-Quentin

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Prudent Abigail

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Saint Bridget saved from a Shipwreck by the Virgin

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Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

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The capture of the fortress

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Bathsheba at the pool

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Bathsheba at the pool

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Assumption of the Virgin Mary

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Hercules on the pyre

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The Sacrifice of Isaac

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The Sacrifice of Isaac

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Massacre of the Innocents

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Isaac amd Rebecca

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Esau and Jacob (sale of primogeniture)

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Charles II

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Charles II, King of Spain, on horseback

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Charles II, King of Spain, on horseback

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The Penitent Magdalene

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Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen of Spain, riding

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Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen of Spain, riding

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Archangel Michael Hurls the Rebellious Angels into the Abyss (The Fall of the Rebel Angels)

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The Annunciation

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The Flight into Egypt

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Allegory of Prudence

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The Entombment of Christ

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St. John the Baptist Preaching

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : Bacchus with his entourage

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : crown of Fortitude

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : The Mature Age

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : mid-life

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : The bark of Charon

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : The Creation of Man

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : messenger of the gods Iris

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : Justizia

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : Prudenzia

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : Rape of Proserpina

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : Temperance

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : Death of Adonis

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi : Triumph of the Medici

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Scenes from mythology : Vertumnus and Pomona

Psyche Honoured by the People,

Psyche Served by Invisible Spirits,

Venus Punishing Psyche With a Task

Psyche's Parents Offering Sacrifice to Apollo

Perseus transforms with Medusa' head Phineus and his soldiers into stone , c.1670

The hunting of Diana,

Venus, Mars and Cupid

Luca Giordano

Christ Cleansing the Temple

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Crucifixion of St Peter

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Mars and Venus caught by Vulcan

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Rape of Lucretia

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The Death of Lucretia

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The discovery of the body of Cleopatra

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The Forge of Vulcan

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The Good Samaritan

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The Philosopher Cratetes

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The Triumph of Bacchus Neptune and Amphitrite

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Venus And Mars

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Luca Giordano - Jupiter and Antiope by Luca Giordano

Jupiter and Antiope

Luca Giordano (18 October 1634 – 12 January 1705) was an Italian late Baroque painter and printmaker in etching. Fluent and decorative, he worked successfully in Naples and Rome, Florence and Venice, before spending a decade in Spain.

Born in Naples, Giordano was the son of the painter Antonio Giordano. In around 1650 he was apprenticed to Ribera. on the recommendation of the viceroy of Naples. and his early work was heavily influenced by his teacher. Like Ribera, he painted many half-length figures of philosophers, either imaginary portraits of specific figures, or generic types. He acquired the nickname of Luca Fà-presto (Luca Work-fast). His speed, in design as well as handiwork, and his versatility, which enabled him to imitate other painters deceptively, earned for him two other epithets, "The Thunderbolt" (Fulmine) and "The Proteus" of painting. Following a period studying in Rome, Parma and Venice, Giordano developed an elaborate Baroque style fusing Venetian and Roman Influences. His mature work combines the ornamental pomp of Paul Veronese with the lively complex schemes, the "grand manner", of Pietro da Cortona. He is also noted for his lively and showy use of colour.

Florence

In 1682–83 Giordano he painted various fresco series in Florence, including in the dome of Corsini Chapel of the Chiesa del Carmine. In the large block occupied by the former Medici palace, he painted the ceiling of the Biblioteca Riccardiana (Allegory of Divine Wisdom) and the long gallery of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. The vast frescoes of the latter are contained in the 1670s gallery addition, overlooking the gardens. The planning was overseen by Alessandro Segni and commissioned by Francesco Riccardi. They include the prototypic hagiographic celebration of the Medici family in the center, surrounded by a series of interlocking narratives: allegorical figures (the Cardinal Virtues, the Elements of Nature) and mythological episodes (Neptune and Amphitrita, The Rape of Proserpine, The Triumphal procession of Bacchus, The Death of Adonis, Ceres and Triptolemus) [1].
Court painter in Spain (1692–1702)

In 1692 Giordano went to Spain at the invitation of Charles II. He stayed there for ten years, returning to Naples in 1702, following Charles' death. While in Spain, he painted major decorative schemes at the Buen Retiro Palace, El Escorial, the sacristry of Toledo Cathedral, and other sites. He also painted many pictures for the court, private patrons and churches.[5] His pupils, Aniello Rossi and Matteo Pacelli, assisted him in Spain. Giordano was popular at the Spanish court, and the king granted him the title of a "caballero".[3]


Late work in Naples

After his return to Naples early in 1702, Giordano continued to paint prolifically.[5] Executed in a lighter, less rhetorical style, these late works, prefiguring Rococo, proved influential throughout the eighteenth century, and werer admired by Fragonard.[5]

He spent large sums in acts of munificence, and was particularly liberal to poorer artists. One of his maxims was that the good painter is the one whom the public like, and that the public are attracted more by colour than by design.[3]

Giordano had an astonishing facility, which often lead to an impression of superficiality of his works. He left many works in Rome, and far more in Naples. Of the latter, his Christ expelling the Traders from the Temple in the church of the Padri Girolamini, a colossal work, full of expressive "lazzaroni" or beggars from Naples; also the frescoes of the Triumph of Judith at San Martino[2], and those in the Tesoro della Certosa, including the subject of Moses and the Brazen Serpent; and the cupola paintings in the Church of Santa Brigida. This church contains the artist's own tomb. Other notable examples are the Judgment of Paris in the Berlin Museum, and Christ with the Doctors in the Temple, in the Corsini Gallery of Rome. In later years, he painted influential frescoes for the Cappella Corsini, the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and other works.[3]

Giordano died in Naples in 1705.


Influence
Dream of Solomon

His best pupil in painting was Paolo de Matteis. However, his influence, like his travels and career, were broad and prolific. For example, he is said to have influenced in Venice, Giovan Battista Langetti, Giovanni Coli, and Filippo Gherardi.[6] Other pupils included Juan Antonio Boujas, Nunzio Ferraiuoli (Nunzio degli Afflitti), Ansel Fiammingo (il Franceschitto), Giovanni Battista Lama, Andrea Miglionico, Giuseppe Simonelli, Andrea Vicenti, Andrea Viso,[7] Ferrante Amendola, Pedro de Calabria, Matteo Pacelli, Francisco Tramulles, Nicolo Maria Rossi, and Aniello Rossi.[8]

As a young man, Giordano engraved works with considerable skill some of his own paintings, such as the Slaughter of the Priests of Baal. He also painted much on the crystal borderings of looking-glasses, cabinets and others seen in many Italian palaces, and was, in this form of art, the master of Pietro Garofalo.[3]


Critical reputation

Giordano has been criticized as being a prolific trader of all styles, and master of none. Michael Levey remarks of him "Giordano was the ideal rococo painter, speedy, prolific, dazzling in colour, assured in draughtsmanship, ever-talented and never touching the fringe of genius."[9] He has been viewed as a proto-Tiepolo, reanimating that grand manner of Cortona in a style that would brighten with Tiepolo.

References

Painting in Naples 1606-1705, p.68
Painting in Naples 1606-1705, p.51.
Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Luca Giordano". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Painting in Naples 1606-1705, p.169.
Painting in Naples 1606-1705, p.168
R. Wittkower pages 346, 348.
J. R. Hobbes, page 104-105.
Spooner, Shearjashub (1873). A Biographical History of the Fine Arts, Being Memoirs of the Lives and Works of Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. Philadelphia: G. Gebbie. p. page lm..

Levey, Micheal. Rococo to Revolution: MajorTrends in Eighteenth-Century Painting, 1985:24.

Sources

Painting in Naples 1606-1705: From Caravaggio to Giordano. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Royal Academy, London. London: Royal Academy. 1982.
De Dominici, Bernardo (1729). Francesco Ricciardo, ed. Vita del Cavaliere D. Luca Giordano, pittore napoletano'. Francesco RIcciardo, Naples.
Encyclopaedia Britannica 2004 Ultimate Reference Suite DVD
O. Ferrari - G. Scavizzi, Luca Giordano, Napoli, varie edizioni (1966, 1992, 2000)
M.Horak, Importanti opera di Luca Giordano a Piacenza, in "Strenna Piacentina 2011" - Amici dell'Arte, Piacenza 2011
G. Scavizzi - G. De Vito, ''Luca Giordano giovane 1650-1664, Napoli, 2012
M. Horak, Luca Giordano: la grande pala in Santa Teresa, in "Panorama Musei", anno XVII, n. 1, 2012

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