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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTION

Luca Giordano
APOLLO AND DAPHNE
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56

PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTION

Luca Giordano
APOLLO AND DAPHNE
Estimate
200,000300,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Luca Giordano
NAPLES 1634 - 1705
APOLLO AND DAPHNE
signed lower right: Jordano / .F.
oil on canvas
45  4/5  by 52  1/5  in.; 114.5 by 132.5 cm.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 6 December 1967, lot 37; 
There acquired by a private collection, Milan;
From whom purchased by the previous owner.

Catalogue Note

This is a densely colored Apollo and Daphne executed on a grand scale by Luca Giordano, the most versatile and well-traveled painter of the Italian Baroque. Giordano was long known by his nickname, 'Fa Presto' ('works quickly'), denoting his ability to produce high quality commissions at a rapid rate. These included altarpieces, bozzetti mythological paintings, as here, and complex decorative programs for both private palaces and public churches. As his career (and travels) progressed, Giordano moved away from a darker Caravaggist tenebrism in favor of a brighter palette which embraced color and dynamic Baroque movement.

This previously unpublished canvas can be compared to Giordano's mythologically themed cycle of paintings, which included a work of the same subject, executed between 1687 and 1689 and destined for a distinguished Spanish patron.  The cycle of at least 12 paintings was sent from Naples to Madrid, and the other version of Apollo and Daphne today remains part of the Spanish Patrimonio Nacional.  A drawing with a similar grouping of figures, now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. 9631), was traditionally considered to be a preparatory sketch for the Spanish Apollo and Daphne, however the composition is in fact closer to the present painting.

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