Giordano, Luca (1634-1705)

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Luca Giordano, Italian painter, was born and died in Naples in 1634-1705. After a short experience in the work shop of J.Ribera, Giordano went to Rome at the age of 22 years, where made contacts with Pietro da Cortona and representatives of neo-Venetian art. Here, according to the fashion of the epoch, he copied the paintings of the greatest masters of the Renaissance. He worked with such a speed and easiness that obtained a nick-name Luca Fapresto. After sojourns in Bologna and Parma, he visited Venice in 1653 and 1667, where created the paintings Storie della Vergine (1667, Church of S.Maria della Salute).

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He also executed various works in the churches of Naples (1658, Sant'Agostino degli Scalzi; San Gregorio Armeno; Santa Brigida); in Florence in 1682-1686 (ceiling of the Gallery in Palazzo Medici-Riccardi (pictured)); and during a decade spent at the court of Spain (1692-1702) where Giordano was invited by Charles II (paintings in Escorial, in Palazzo Reale in Madrid, in Prado). Later in 1704 was frescoed Cappella del Tesoro di San Martino in Naples.

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