The Dream of St. Joseph
The Dream of St. Joseph

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The Dream of St. Joseph

Giordano, Luca (Italian, 1632-1705)


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.

Object Information

artist
Giordano, Luca (Italian, 1632-1705)
creation date
about 1700
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
46-5/8 x 54-1/4 in.
accession number
77.52
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors