|The above image is by Luca Giordano(1634-1705).
Giordano was a Neapolitan painter and the most important Italian
decorative artist of the second half of the 17th century. He
was nicknamed Luca Fa Presto (Luke work quickly) because of his
prodigious speed of execution and huge output. He began in the
circle of Ribera, but his style became much more colorful under
the influence of such great decorative painters as Veronese,
whose works he saw on his extensive travels. Indeed, he absorbed
a host of influences and was said to be able to imitate other
artists' styles with ease. His work was varied also in subject-matter,
although he was primarily a religious and mythological painter.
He worked mainly in Naples, but also extensively in Florence
and Venice, and his work had great influence in Italy. In 1692
he was called to Spain by Charles II and stayed there for 10
years, painting in Madrid, Toledo, and the Escorial. His last
work when he returned to Naples was the ceiling of the Treasury
Chapel of S. Martino. The oil is a recent acquisition into the
collection of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago
gifted from the estate of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Maser. Dr. Maser
was a brilliant professor at the University specializing in 17th
and 18th Century Italian art. He also held the position of Director
at the Smart Museum for many years.