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Luca Giordano

"Barack before Deborah" 1675

Owner: The David and Alfred Smart Art Museum
Chicago, Illinois
           

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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.
           


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