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Baroque painting of man in yellow robe running away with apple, on cover of 'Luca Giordano, Baroque Master in Florence', by Officina Libraria.

Luca Giordano

Baroque Master in Florence

Edited by Riccardo Lattuada
Edited by Giuseppe Scavizzi
Edited by Valentina Zucchi


  • Entirely devoted to the masterpiece of Baroque art in Florence
  • Luca Giordano was one of the most appreciated artists in 17th century Italy and Europe
  • A number of paintings exhibited belong to the National Gallery, London
Full Description

Luca Giordano (Naples, 1634–1705) was one of Italy’s most celebrated Baroque painters when he traveled to Florence, where his art was already appreciated and collected. He received many commissions, but certainly the most prestigious was that for the decoration of the vault of the new wing of Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the ancient house of Lorenzo the Magnificent which was then owned by the Marquis Francesco Riccardi. The Riccardi family was strictly connected to the Medicis and the decorative program of the great hall, known as Gallery of Mirrors, was centered upon the Apotheosis of the Medicis and several mythological scenes which illustrate the progress of humanity. The exhibition and its catalogue document this masterpiece through the ten painted sketches by Giordano (exhibited under the very frescoes) and circa 30 other paintings from his Florentine period (1682–1685) by the aptly named Luca “fa presto” (fare presto = to be fast).

About the Author

Riccardo Lattuada is Professor of Modern Art History and Social History of Art at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. Giuseppe Scavizzi is professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Valentina Zucchi is an art historian who works for MUS.E, the association that manages the Museums of the City of Florence.

Officina Libraria
14th Aug 2023
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
9.45 in x 11.02 in
176 Pages
85 color
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