Luca Giordano (Naples 1632-1706)
PROPERTY OF THE LATE PROFESSOR ERIC STANLEY
Luca Giordano (Naples 1632-1706)

Study of the Apostles in an Assumption of the Virgin (recto); Head of a woman (verso)

Details
Luca Giordano (Naples 1632-1706)
Study of the Apostles in an Assumption of the Virgin (recto); Head of a woman (verso)
with inscription in ink 'd 15.' (verso)
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, lower left corner made up (recto); red chalk (verso)
12 x 13 7/8 in. (30.4 x 35.3 cm)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 15 June 1983, lot 58.
Literature
M. Jaffé, The Devonshire Collection of Italian Drawings. Roman and Neapolitan Schools, London, 1994, p. 251, under no. 404, ill.

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Lot Essay

This sheet can be related to a drawing by Giordano of the Assumption of the Virgin, showing the apostles in similar poses, in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth (Jaffé, op. cit., no. 404, ill.). Two altarpieces showing the Assumption of the Virgin by Giordano are known: one, from 1667, is in Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, and shows the Apostle lower left in the same pose, the other a fresco in the El Escorial.

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