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When Carlos II of Spain summoned Luca Giordano to Madrid in 1692, the Neapolitan painter enjoyed a European reputation as the greatest fresco painter of the age. He had already resisted two previous invitations from Philip IV. This work was probably painted towards the end of his ten-year-long Spanish sojourn.
The lightness of form and color displayed by the work are the hallmarks of Giordano's artistic maturity and prepare the way for the development of a true Rococo style.