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The creation of man, fresco in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, 1684-1686.
The creation of man, fresco in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, 1684-1686.
Fresco in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, depicting Charon, Morpheus, and other characters from Greek mythology, 1684-1686.
Fresco in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, depicting Charon, Morpheus, and other characters from Greek mythology, 1684-1686.
Triumph of the Medici in the clouds of Mount Olympus, fresco in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, 1684-1686.
Triumph of the Medici in the clouds of Mount Olympus, fresco in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, 1684-1686.

Luca Giordano (1632 - January 12, 1705), Italian painter, was born in Naples, son of a very indifferent painter, Antonio, who imparted to him the first rudiments of drawing. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2536x3457, 621 KB) Description: Title: de: Fresken in der Galerie des Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florenz, Szene: Die Erschaffung des Menschen Technique: de: Fresko Dimensions: Country of origin: de: Italien Current location (city): de: Florenz Current location (gallery): de: Palazzo Medici... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2536x3457, 621 KB) Description: Title: de: Fresken in der Galerie des Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florenz, Szene: Die Erschaffung des Menschen Technique: de: Fresko Dimensions: Country of origin: de: Italien Current location (city): de: Florenz Current location (gallery): de: Palazzo Medici... A XIV Century fresco featuring Saint Sebastian Note: Fresco is the NATO reporting name of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17. ... Founded 59 BC as Florentia Region Tuscany Mayor Leonardo Domenici (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  102 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 356,000 almost 500,000 3,453/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Latitude Longitude 43°47 N 11°15 E www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3200x2088, 731 KB) Description: Title: de: Fresken in der Galerie des Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florenz, Szene: Die Barke des Charon, der Schlaf der Nacht und Morpheus Technique: de: Fresko Dimensions: Country of origin: de: Italien Current location (city): de: Florenz... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3200x2088, 731 KB) Description: Title: de: Fresken in der Galerie des Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florenz, Szene: Die Barke des Charon, der Schlaf der Nacht und Morpheus Technique: de: Fresko Dimensions: Country of origin: de: Italien Current location (city): de: Florenz... In Greek mythology, Charon (fierce brightness) was the ferryman of Hades. ... Morpheus (he who forms, shapes, molds) is the principal Greek god of dreams. ... Greek mythology comprises the collected legends of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2536x3614, 630 KB) Description: Title: de: Fresken in der Galerie des Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florenz, Szene: Triumph der Medici in den Wolken des Olymp Technique: de: Fresko Dimensions: Country of origin: de: Italien Current location (city): de: Florenz Current location... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2536x3614, 630 KB) Description: Title: de: Fresken in der Galerie des Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florenz, Szene: Triumph der Medici in den Wolken des Olymp Technique: de: Fresko Dimensions: Country of origin: de: Italien Current location (city): de: Florenz Current location... Mount Olympus Mount Olympus (also transliterated as Mount Olýmpos, and on modern maps, Óros Ólimbos) is the highest mountain in Greece, at 2,918 meters high; it is situated at 40°05′ N 22°21′ E. The name means The Luminous One in Classic Greek language. ... See also: 1632 (novel) Events February 22 - Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published July 23 - 300 colonists for New France depart Dieppe November 8 - Wladyslaw IV Waza elected king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth after Zygmunt III Waza death November 16 - Battle of Lützen... January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Events Construction begins on Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, England. ... A painter is a person who paints woodwork, walls, etc. ... Location within Italy Naples (Italian Napoli, Neapolitan Napule, from Greek Νέα Πόλις - Néa Pólis - meaning New City) is the largest city in southern Italy and capital of Campania Region. ...


Nature predestined him for the art, and at the age of eight he painted a cherub into one of his father's pictures, a feat which was at once noised abroad and induced the viceroy of Naples to recommend the child to Ribera. His father afterwards took him to Rome, to study under Pietro da Cortona. He acquired the nickname of Luca Fà-presto (Luke Work-fast). One might suppose this nickname to be derived merely from the almost miraculous celerity with which from an early age and throughout his life he handled the brush but it is said to have had a more express origin. The father we are told, poverty-stricken and greedy of gain, was perpetually urging his boy to exertion with the phrase, "Luca, fà presto." The youth obeyed his parent to the letter, and would actually not so much as pause to snatch a hasty meal, but received into his mouth, while he still worked on, the food which his father's hand supplied. He copied nearly twenty times the "Battle of Constantine" by Julio Romano, and with proportionate frequency several of the great works of Raphael and Michelangelo. His rapidity, which belonged as much to invention as to mere handiwork, and his versatility, which enabled him to imitate other painters deceptively, earned for him two other epithets, "The Thunderbolt" (Fulmine), and "The Proteus," of Painting. The Recruit book cover CHERUB is a series of childrens books by Robert Muchamore about a group of kids who attend the CHERUB campus to be trained as spies. ... Location within Italy Naples (Italian Napoli, Neapolitan Napule, from Greek Νέα Πόλις - Néa Pólis - meaning New City) is the largest city in southern Italy and capital of Campania Region. ... Giuseppe Ribera (January 12, 1591 - 1652), commonly called Lo Spagnoletto, or the Little Spaniard, a leading painter of the Neapolitan or partly of the Spanish school, was born near Valencia in Spain, at Xátiva, now named San Felipe. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  1290 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,546,807 almost 4,000,000 1... Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berettini) (1596- May 16, 1669) was an Italian painter and architect. ... This page is about the artist. ... This page is about the artist. ...


He shortly visited all the main seats of the Italian school of art, and formed for himself a style combining in a certain measure the ornamental pomp of Paul Veronese and the contrasting compositions and large schemes of chiaroscuro of Pietro da Cortona. He was noted also for lively and showy colour. Returning to Naples, and accepting every sort of commission by which money was to be made, he practised his art with so much applause that Charles II of Spain towards 1687 invited him over to Madrid, where he remained thirteen years. Giordano was very popular at the Spanish court, being a sprightly talker along with his other marvellously facile gifts, and the king created him a cavaliere. One anecdote of his rapidity of work is that the queen of Spain having one day made some inquiry about his wife, he at once showed Her Majesty what the lady was like by painting her portrait into the picture on which he was engaged. Soon after the death of Charles in 1700 Giordano, gorged with wealth, returned to Naples. He spent large sums in acts of munificence, and was particularly liberal to his poorer brethren of the art. He again visited various parts of Italy, and died in Naples on the 12th of January 1705, his last words being "O Napoli, sospiro mio" (O Naples, my heart's love!). One of his maxims was that the good painter is the one whom the public like, and that the public are attracted more by colour than by design. The Battle of Lepanto by Paolo Veronese Veronese is the name usually used to refer to painter Paolo Veronese; alternatively it means someone or something from Verona, Italy. ... An element in art, chiaroscuro (Italian for lightdark) is defined as a very high contrast between light and dark. ... Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berettini) (1596- May 16, 1669) was an Italian painter and architect. ... Charles II of Spain. ... Plaza de Cibeles (Cibeles square) and the Palacio de Comunicaciones (Communications Palace) Coat of arms. ... Events January 1 - Russia accepts Julian calendar. ...


Giordano had an astonishing readiness and facility, in spite of the general commonness and superficiality of his performances. He left many works in Rome, and far more in Naples. Of the latter one of the most renowned is "Christ expelling the Traders from the Temple," in the church of the Padri Girolamini, a colossal work, full of expressive lazzaroni; also the frescoes of S. Martino, and those in the Tesoro della Certosa, including the subject of "Moses and the Brazen Serpent"; and the cupola paintings in the Church of S. Brigida, which contains the artist's own tomb. Cupola of St Peters Basilica, Rome In architecture, a cupola consists of a dome-shaped ornamental structure located on top of a larger roof or dome, often used as a lookout or to admit light and remove stale air. ...


In Spain he executed a surprising number of works,--continuing in the Escorial the series commenced by Cambiasi, and painting frescoes of the "Triumphs of the Church," the "Genealogy and Life of the Madonna," the stories of Moses, Gideon, David and Solomon, and the "Celebrated Women of Scripture," all works of large dimensions. His pupils, Aniello Rossi and Matteo Pacelli, assisted him in Spain. In Madrid he worked more in oil-colour, a Nativity there being one of his best productions. The facade of the chapel, in the baroque style of Jesuit churches, is integrated with the palatial facade El Escorial is an immense palace, monastery, museum, and library complex located at San Lorenzo de El Escorial (also San Lorenzo del Escorial), a town 45 kilometres northwest of Madrid in the... Luca Cambiasi (1527-1585), Genoese painter, familiarly known as Lucchetto da Genova (his surname is written also Cambiaso or Cangiagio), was born at Moneglia in the Genoese state, the son of a painter named Giovanni Cambiasi. ... Moses or Móshe (מֹשֶׁה, Standard Hebrew Móše, Tiberian Hebrew Mōšeh, Arabic موسى Musa), son of Amram and his wife, Jochebed, a Levite. ... Gideon (גִּדְעוֹן, Standard Hebrew Gidʿon, Tiberian Hebrew Giḏʿôn) is a character who appears in the Bibles Book of Judges. ... Michelangelos David. ... Solomon (Hebrew, Shlomo from Shalom for peace, also Arabic as Suleiman or Sulyaman meaning peace) can mean any of the following: 1. ...


Other superior examples are the "Judgment of Paris" in the Berlin Museum, and "Christ with the Doctors in the Temple," in the Corsini Gallery of Rome. In Florence, in his closing days, he painted the Cappella Corsini, the Galleria Riccardi and other works. In youth he etched with considerable skill some of his own paintings, such as the "Slaughter of the Priests of Baal." He also painted much on the crystal borderings of looking-glasses, cabinets, etc., seen in many Italian palaces, and was, in this form of art, the master of Pietro Garofolo. His best pupil, in painting of the ordinary kind, was Paolo de Matteis.


Bellori, in his Vite de' pittori moderni, is a leading authority regarding Luca Giordano. P Benvenuto (1882) has written a work on the Riccardi paintings.


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Luca Giordano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (818 words)
Luca Giordano (1634 - January 12, 1705) was an eclectic, peripatetic, and successful Italian late Baroque painter.
Giordano was popular at the Spanish court, and the king granted him title as a "caballero".
Giordano had an astonishing readiness and facility, in spite of the general commonness and superficiality of his works.
Luca Giordano Paintings Reproduction and Biography (370 words)
Because Luca Giordano is said to have painted a large altarpiec painting in one day, it is no wonder that his output, both in oil and in fresco, was enormous.
Luca Giordano was influenced at the beginning of his career by the paintings of José de Ribera.
Luca Giordano's last great painting in Naples was the ceiling of the Cappella del Tesoro in S. Martino, begun on his return in 1702 and completed in April 1704.
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