Lot 5
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LUCA GIORDANO | The sacrifice of Manoah

15,000 - 20,000 USD
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  • Giordano
  • The sacrifice of Manoah
  • canvas: 49 by 72 1/2 in.; 124.1 by 184.7 cm.
  • framed: 64 1/2 by 85 in.; 163.8 by 215.9 cm.
oil on canvas, unlined; signed on the foot of the altar lower center: 'Luca Giordano / .F.'


The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This painting is in wonderful condition. It is originally made from two pieces of canvas joined vertically through the center of the work. There are only a few retouches along the original join and to a vertical break to the immediate right of the dark wing of the angel, measuring about 5 inches. The work may have never been fully cleaned, and the patina to the paint layer is unusual and beautiful as a result. Nonetheless, careful cleaning would add more color and depth to the work, and should reveal the paint layer to be in especially good condition.
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Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Giuseppe Scavizzi for endorsing the attribution to Giordano, based on photographs. Professor Scavizzi dates the picture to circa 1650-1655, thus ranking it among Giordano's earliest compositions.