Luca Giordano Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
10-18-1634 Naples, ITA – 1-12-1705 Naples, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Following a period studying in Rome, Parma, and Venice, Luca Giordano developed an elaborate Baroque style fusing Venetian and Roman Influences. He got the nickname Luca fa presto, which translates into "Luca paints quickly." His speed, in composition as well as workmanship, and his versatility enabled him to deceptively copy other painters, earning him two more nicknames, "The Thunderbolt" and "The Proteus".
In 1682–83 Luca Giordano painted various fresco series in Florence, including one in the dome of Corsini Chapel of the Chiesa del Carmine.
In 1692 Luca Giordano went to Spain at the invitation of Charles II and stayed there for ten years, painting at the Buen Retiro Palace, El Escorial, and the Sacristy of Toledo Cathedral, following Charles' death he returned to Naples.
After his return to Naples early in 1702, Luca Giordano kept on painting. His pallet became a lighter, less rhetorical style, these late works, prefiguring Rococo art, proved influential throughout the eighteenth century, and was admired by Fragonard.
Giordano had an astonishing facility, which often leads to an impression of the triviality 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, is an epic work.
His best student in painting was Paolo de Matteis. However, his influence, like his travels and career, were broad and prolific, and in Venice influenced, Giovan Battista Langetti, Giovanni Coli, and Filippo Gherardi.
Art Movement: Baroque
Artists Influencing Giordano: Jusepe de Ribera
He Traveled To Spain
Painters Luca Giordano Influenced: Paolo de Matteis, Giovan Langetti, Giovanni Coli, Filippo Gherardi