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Luca Giordano
RECTO: THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN VERSO:  VARIOUS FIGURE STUDIES 
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
63
Luca Giordano
RECTO: THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN VERSO:  VARIOUS FIGURE STUDIES 
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Luca Giordano
NAPLES 1634 - 1705
RECTO: THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN VERSO:  VARIOUS FIGURE STUDIES 

Provenance

John Auldjo (L.48)

Catalogue Note

The recto of the present sheet is closely related to Luca Giordano's painting of the same subject in the church of Santi Apostoli in Naples, painted in 1690.1

The drawing is highly characteristic of a very attractive aspect of Giordano's draughtsmanship.  The sheets are often tinted red where he has used a red powder to rub the surface of the paper creating a subtle tint, before drawing on the surface.

It has not been possible to connect the studies on the verso of this sheet with any particular projects but the artist was clearly sketching out ideas for figures to include in his compositions.  The studies include one of Christ in an oval possibly for an Ecce Homo, a study for the Virgin and Child, a study of a reclining figure and a study of a female figure, her hands clasped.

1. O. Ferrari & G. Scavizzi, Luca Giordano L'opera completa, Naples 1992, 2 Vols, vol. I, p. 328, no. A488a and reproduced vol II, p. 727, fig. 615

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