Self-portrait, between 1628 and 1632
He established the enthusiasm for large-scale illusionistic decoration of churches and palaces in Rome and Naples. He painted crowds with many figures seated on clouds, in daring angles, and flooded with light. His works are of great scale and expression, to be seen in the interior for which they were intended.
Giovanni Lanfranco’s major works are Elijah Receiving Bread from the Widow of Zarephath, c. 1621–24 (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum); Moses and the Messengers from Canaan, 1621–24 (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum); Assumption of the Virgin, 1625–27 (Rome: S. Andrea della Valle); Ecstacy of St. Margaret of Cortona, c. 1630s (Florence: Palazzo Pitti).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.