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    Sale 2135

    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 244

    Luca Giordano Naples 1634-1705

    A male saint or philosopher

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    Luca Giordano Naples 1634-1705
    A male saint or philosopher
    oil on canvas
    32 x 26 7/8 in. 93.7 x 81.3 cm.

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    This painting dates to circa 1655, during the earliest phase of Luca Giordano's career and a short two years after his first recorded works. It recalls Jusepe de Ribera's depictions of philosophers, saints and hermits, which were prominent in Neapolitan collections from the 1620s. Produced in some numbers, Giordano's paintings of half-length male figures date primarily to the middle decades of the seventeenth century and can be divided into two distinct groups: as Nicola Spinosa proposes, the paintings from the 1650s derive directly from Ribera's dry and vigorous types of circa 1630; while in the following decade Giordano shifted to painting from life, using models he found in the streets and alleyways of Naples (N. Spinosa, in Luca Giordano 1634-1705, exhibition catalogue, Naples, 2001, p. 68).


    Private collection.

    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Dr. Giuseppe Scavizzi for confirming the attribution to Giordano on the basis of photographs (private communication, 10 March 2008).