Lot 185
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LUCA GIORDANO, CALLED FA PRESTO | Allegory of the Peace between Fiesole and Florence, a bozzetto

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Description

  • Studio of Luca Giordano
  • Allegory of the Peace between Fiesole and Florence, a bozzetto
  • oil on canvas
  • 102 x 75 cm.; 40 1/4  x 29 1/2  in.

Provenance

Almost certainly commissioned by, and perhaps in the collection of Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1642–1723), Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

Literature

Almost certainly the bozzetto noted in the following Literature:
B. de Dominici, Vite de’ pittori, scultori e d’architetti Napoletani, Naples 1742, pp. 406–07;
M. Chiarini, Artisti alla corte granducale, exh. cat., Florence 1969, p. 56;
M.Trkulja, ‘Lucas Giordano a Firenze’, in Paragone, no. 267, May 1972, pp. 36 and 59, and p. 52, note 52;
M. Chiarini, Gli Ultimi Medici, Il tardo barocco a Firenze, 1670–1743, exh. cat., Florence 1974, p. 256, under cat. no. 149;
O. Ferrari, Bozzetti Italiani dal Manierismo al Barocco, Naples 1990, pp. 49 and 152;
O. Ferrari and G. Scavizzi, Luca Giordano, L'opera completa, Naples 1992, vol. I, p. 306, under cat. no. A325, and p. 392 (under Opere non rintracciate).

Catalogue Note

This freely executed and hitherto untraced bozzetto is a preparatory sketch for a large signed canvas by Giordano painted for, and to this day hanging in, the Palazzo Pitti, Florence.1 Based on information from a friend of Giordano called Michele Troise, Bernardo de Dominici, in his Vite de’ pittori, scultori e d’architetti Napoletani of 1742, writes that Giordano was commissioned by Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany to paint this subject for the apartments in the Palace. It is said that in the presence of the Grand Duke himself Giordano executed the sketch in just four hours, and that Cosimo III so loved it that he wanted it for himself.2 The sketch for this composition is thus much alluded to in the literature for the Pitti canvas, but until now its location has never been known. 1 See Ferrari and Scavizzi 1992, vol. I, p. 306, cat. no. A326, reproduced vol. II, p. 640, fig. 430.  
2 De Dominici 1742, pp. 406–07.

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