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Giordano, Luca

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Giordano, Luca

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Active in Spain 1692-1702.

Born 1634, in Naples; died 1705, in Naples.

Painter, fresco artist, designer, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, figures. Murals.

Luca Giordano studied under his father, the somewhat obscure Neapolitan painter Antonio Giordano. Already as a child, Luca Giordano's painting attracted the attention and patronage of the viceroy of Naples, who entrusted Luca to Jusepe de Ribera. After five years in Ribera's studio, Giordano had developed the technique and sureness of touch of a mature artist and was anxious to travel to Rome to complete his studies. Although only thirteen years old, he soon found work copying compositions by Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. The principal influence on Giordano's style, however, was Pietro da Cortona, who hired the young Giordano to work on several of his current projects. Giordano assimilated Cortona's style and method so successfully that a number of his paintings were initially attributed to Cortona himself....

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; Religious Art ; Christian Art ; 18th-Century Art

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