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Luca Giordano, called Fa Presto
THE CALLING OF SAINT MATTHEW
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
321
Luca Giordano, called Fa Presto
THE CALLING OF SAINT MATTHEW
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Luca Giordano, called Fa Presto
NAPLES 1634 - 1705
THE CALLING OF SAINT MATTHEW

Provenance

Fratelli Terres, Naples (price in 'grana' on the verso: g.a 30 );
Sale, London, Christie's, 7 July 1998, lot 132;
with Colnaghi, New York and London, An Exhibition of Master Drawings, 1998, no. 28, reproduced,
where acquired by the present owner

Exhibited

Naples, Castel Sant'Elmo and Capodimonte Museum, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museumn of Art, Luca Giordano 1634-1705, 2001-2, no. 17 (entry by R. Muzii), reproduced

Literature

G. Scavizzi, 'New Drawings by Luca Giordano', Master Drawings, vol. XXXVII, (1999), no. 2, p. 133, no. 19 (as location unknown), reproduced fig. 19;
O. Ferrari and G. Scavizzi, Luca Giordano. Nuove ricerche e inediti, Naples 2003, no. D40, reproduced

Catalogue Note

At the time of the Colnaghi exhibition in 1998, the attribution to Luca Giordano was confirmed by Scavizzi, who dated the drawing to circa 1660.  Rossana Muzii, in her 2001-2 exhibition catalogue entry for the drawing, agreed with this dating, and although the drawing cannot be connected to any surviving work by Giordano, she observed that the artist did paint the same subject in the space between the Sacristy and the Cappella del Tesoro in the Certosa di San Martino.  This painting, with its pendant The Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew, is dated to 1559-60.  There are close stylistic similarities between these paintings and the present sheet.  Luca Giordano seems to have returned to the composition of this drawing for inspiration some twenty years later, when painting the same subject in the large canvas now in the collection of Georgetown University in Washington D.C..1 

1. Washington D. C., Georgetown University Art Collection, inv. no. 9; O. Ferrari  and G. Scavizzi, Luca Giordano, Naples 1966, Vol. II, p. 135, vol. III, reproduced fig. 256 (caption incorrect)

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