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

The Dream of St. Joseph

Luca Giordano (Italian, 1632-1705)

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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.

Private collection, England.{1}
Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. [1909-1988], New York;{2}
(Thos. Agnew & Sons, London), by 1971;
Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1977 (77.52).
{1} See sale catalogue Old Masters—Recent Acquisitions, 2 November - 10 December 1971, Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, cat. no. 13.
{2} See Bertina Suida Manning, 1550-1650: Century of Masters from the Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas, 1962, cat. no. 28.

Object Information

Luca Giordano (Italian, 1632-1705)
creation date
about 1700
oil on canvas
46-5/8 x 54-1/4 in. (canvas)
approximately 57-1/2 x 64-1/2 x 4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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