Self-portrait, c. 1692
A prolific, energetic, successful decorator of palaces, especially ceilings. He loved mythological subjects with dramatic action, bold compositions, contrasts of light and dark. His last work was the Treasury Chapel ceiling of S. Martino, Naples. His nickname was “Luca Fa Presto” (Luke works quickly).
Luca Giordano’s major works are The Fall of the Rebel Angels, 1666 (Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum); Allegory, 1670 (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum); Death of Seneca c.1684 (Paris: Musée du Louvre).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.