Luca Giordano Italy
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 acquired the nickname Luca fa presto, which translates into "Luca paints quickly." His speed, in design as well as handiwork, and his versatility, which enabled him to imitate other painters deceptively, earned for him two other epithets, "The Thunderbolt" (Fulmine) and "The Proteus" of painting.
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. He stayed there for ten years, returning to Naples in 1702, following Charles' death. While in Spain, he painted major decorative schemes at the Buen Retiro Palace, El Escorial, the sacristy of Toledo Cathedral, and other sites.
After his return to Naples early in 1702, Luca Giordano continued to paint prolifically. Executed in a lighter, less rhetorical style, these late works, prefiguring Rococo, proved influential throughout the eighteenth century, and were admired by Fragonard.
Giordano had an astonishing facility, which often lead to an impression of superficiality 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, a colossal work.
His best pupil in painting was Paolo de Matteis. However, his influence, like his travels and career, were broad and prolific. For example, he is said to have influenced in Venice, Giovan Battista Langetti, Giovanni Coli and Filippo Gherardi.
Art Movement: Baroque
Influences: Jusepe de Ribera
Influenced: Paolo de Matteis, Giovan Langetti, Giovanni Coli, Filippo Gherardi