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This profile was last updated on 10/31/01  and contains information from public web pages.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
United States

Company Description: Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography-and represent Los Angeles' uniquely diverse...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Medici Riccardi Palace
  • Assistant

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Web References
LACMA: Press Release
library1.lacma.org, 31 Oct 2001 [cached]
Luca Giordano 1634–1705 | Press ReleaseLACMA: Press Release
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Luca Giordano
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From his beginnings as a student of Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera, to his creation of many of the most important frescoes and altarpieces in Europe, to positions within the courts of European monarchs, Luca Giordano's career established him as one of the most revered artists of 17th -century Europe.
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As Giordano was also renowned for his fresco paintings, many oil studies for frescoes are included in the exhibition.Of particular importance is the entire series of studies for the frescoes of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.
Origins
Luca Giordano was born in Naples, Italy, then under Spanish rule, in 1634, the son of a painter of limited talent.
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Spending approximately nine years with Ribera, Giordano perfected his draftsmanship and studiously copied the works of the master as well as the battle scenes of Aniello Falcone.
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Giordano's renowned virtuosity and speed of execution earned him the title Luca Fa Presto (Luca works quickly).
The Continental Artist
Giordano's life had a marvelous itinerary: Rome, Florence, Venice, and Madrid are some of the cities to which he traveled, and where he learned from local masters and left significant works.He was, before Giambattista Tiepolo, the most cosmopolitan artist in Europe.
In Rome, the revelation for Giordano was Pietro da Cortona, for whom Giordano worked as an assistant.In Rome, the revelation for Giordano was Pietro da Cortona, for whom Giordano worked as an assistant.
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From him, Giordano learned not only the technique of fresco painting but also how to orchestrate complex compositions over large surfaces and to work within architecturally defined spaces.He developed a clear, almost transparent painting style, quite different from Ribera's tenebrous manner.In Giordano's subsequent travels Cortona's influence was evident-first in Florence, at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in one of his most famous decorative cycles, and even more in Spain where he decorated the grand staircase of the Escorial, and in his frescoes at the Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes.
During a trip to Florence in 1682, Giordano decorated the dome of the Corsini chapel and began his works for the library and gallery in the Medici Riccardi Palace.The latter project stands as a highlight of Giordano's career and marks an important development in his style and narrative powers; he continued to elaborate the legacy of Cortona, but with all the fantasy of the Baroque idiom.
Luca Giordano was also influenced by northern artists.Compositions based on prints by Albrecht Dürer and Albrecht Altdorfer appear in his repertoire.More than that of any other artist, the work of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens provided Giordano the model with which he could most sympathize.Rubens' work was well known in Naples, where his paintings were often collected.The virtuosity, immense output, and studio practices of the master were certainly examples to Giordano, who emulated them in his own work.The comparison between the two artists could also be extended to their social image.Like Rubens, Giordano soon achieved social prominence and familiarity with Europe's most powerful rulers.
From Spain to Immortality
By the early 1690s Luca Giordano had already sent a number of works to Spain, most of them commissioned by noblemen who had served as viceroys in Naples.
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Luca Giordano offers the European and American public its first opportunity to view a significant selection of Giordano's works, and to fully reappraise one of the greatest masters of the Baroque.
LACMA's encyclopedic permanent collection features pieces by Luca Giordano, his contemporaries, and those artists who influenced and were influenced by him.
Luca Giordano 1634-1705 ...
lacma.org, 24 Oct 1999 [cached]
Luca Giordano 1634-1705
LACMA: Press Release
www.lacma.org, 1 July 2001 [cached]
Luca Giordano
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LOS ANGELES, JULY 2001- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art-LACMA-has co-organized and will be the sole North American venue for the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the art of Luca Giordano (1634-1705). From his beginnings as a student of Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera, to his creation of many of the most important frescoes and altarpieces in Europe, to positions within the courts of European monarchs, Luca Giordano's career established him as one of the most revered artists of 17th -century Europe.
...
As Giordano was also renowned for his fresco paintings, many oil studies for frescoes are included in the exhibition. Of particular importance is the entire series of studies for the frescoes of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.
Origins
Luca Giordano was born in Naples, Italy, then under Spanish rule, in 1634, the son of a painter of limited talent.
...
Spending approximately nine years with Ribera, Giordano perfected his draftsmanship and studiously copied the works of the master as well as the battle scenes of Aniello Falcone.
...
Giordano's renowned virtuosity and speed of execution earned him the title Luca Fa Presto (Luca works quickly).
The Continental Artist
Giordano's life had a marvelous itinerary: Rome, Florence, Venice, and Madrid are some of the cities to which he traveled, and where he learned from local masters and left significant works. He was, before Giambattista Tiepolo, the most cosmopolitan artist in Europe.
In Rome, the revelation for Giordano was Pietro da Cortona, for whom Giordano worked as an assistant. In Rome, the revelation for Giordano was Pietro da Cortona, for whom Giordano worked as an assistant.
...
From him, Giordano learned not only the technique of fresco painting but also how to orchestrate complex compositions over large surfaces and to work within architecturally defined spaces. He developed a clear, almost transparent painting style, quite different from Ribera's tenebrous manner. In Giordano's subsequent travels Cortona's influence was evident-first in Florence, at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in one of his most famous decorative cycles, and even more in Spain where he decorated the grand staircase of the Escorial, and in his frescoes at the Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes.
During a trip to Florence in 1682, Giordano decorated the dome of the Corsini chapel and began his works for the library and gallery in the Medici Riccardi Palace. The latter project stands as a highlight of Giordano's career and marks an important development in his style and narrative powers; he continued to elaborate the legacy of Cortona, but with all the fantasy of the Baroque idiom.
Luca Giordano was also influenced by northern artists. Compositions based on prints by Albrecht Dürer and Albrecht Altdorfer appear in his repertoire. More than that of any other artist, the work of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens provided Giordano the model with which he could most sympathize. Rubens' work was well known in Naples, where his paintings were often collected. The virtuosity, immense output, and studio practices of the master were certainly examples to Giordano, who emulated them in his own work. The comparison between the two artists could also be extended to their social image. Like Rubens, Giordano soon achieved social prominence and familiarity with Europe's most powerful rulers.
From Spain to Immortality
By the early 1690s Luca Giordano had already sent a number of works to Spain, most of them commissioned by noblemen who had served as viceroys in Naples.
...
Luca Giordano offers the European and American public its first opportunity to view a significant selection of Giordano's works, and to fully reappraise one of the greatest masters of the Baroque.
LACMA's encyclopedic permanent collection features pieces by Luca Giordano, his contemporaries, and those artists who influenced and were influenced by him. A selection of the works include Apollo and Phaëdon by Giambattista Tiepolo; Pietro da Cortona's Study of a Male Figure with Right Arm Raised; The Baggage Wagon and The Holy Kinship by Albrecht Altdorfer; many prints by Albrecht Dürer and Francisco Goya; and, on loan by LACMA to this exhibition, Luca Giordano's St. John The Baptist Preaching, an oil painting on copper.
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