Luca Giordano (1634-1705) attributed. Battle scene
Canvas 56 cm by 27 cm
Old frame of 75 cm by 45.5 cm
Luca Giordano, born in Naples on October 18, 1634 and died in the same city on January 3, 1705, is a Baroque Italian painter of the Neapolitan school.
The influence of the Neapolitan Caravagges and that of Ribera, which inspired the first drawings of Luca Giordano, are only a step quickly crossed by this fiery artist, with an abundant imagination and a passionate temperament.
He came to Rome very young, copying masters (especially Cambiaso's drawings) with a virtuosity that earned him a great reputation and his nickname Luca fa presto; he discovers Venetian painting, Veronese especially, later Bassano's drawings, becomes the assistant of Pierre de Cortone, thus learning the secret of large clear sets, with open spaces, free from shadows and Caravaggesque torments.
His career takes place in Naples, where he stays several times (Santa Teresa in Chiaia-1655, Sant'Agostino degli Scalzi-1658, the Merchants driven from the Temple, in San Filippo Neri-1684, Triumph of Judith and Biblical scenes in the chapel of the Treasury at San Martino-1704), in Florence (Apotheosis of the Medici at the palace Riccardi-1684, 1686) then in Venice (History of the order of Carmelites, at Carmine, Nativity and Presentation of the Virgin, Assumption, in Santa Maria della Salute, before 1692) and then in Spain, where he is called by Charles II (frescoes at the Escorial, Toledo, Madrid-1692, 1702).
The abundance of his work, the richness and vitality of his invention, the prestige he enjoyed in Italy and outside Italy make Giordano an essential figure of Italian Baroque.
It is exhibited in museums around the world.