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Luca Giordano

1634–1705, Naples

Luca Giordano is one of the key artistic figures in Neapolitan Baroque painting. His prolific output and tremendous creative powers were legendary among his contemporaries, earning him the epithet Fà presto. In his early years in Naples, Giordano was substantially influenced by Jusepe de Ribera and later by Pietro da Cortona, under whom he may have studied. The artist undertook several journeys to Italy and spent a lengthy period in Venice, where he studied the work of Veronese very closely. In contrast to his extensive painted oeuvre Giordano produced just six etchings, all of which date to his early period.