BEAUTY, SEDUCTION AND SHARING
Art Collection Maria and João Cortez de Lobão
Apollo and Marsyas by Luca Giordano
Luca Giordano, nicknamed “Fa Presto” for the extraordinary speed and ease with which he executed his works, was one of the most important European Baroque painters of the second half of the 17th century, producing thousands of works throughout Italy and Spain. Much influenced by José de Ribera (1591-1652), it was to this Spanish painter based in Naples that he drew inspiration for the oil of Apollo punishing Marsyas, a favorite Baroque theme to demonstrate the superiority of erudite classical culture and the dangers of audacity to challenge the powerful.
Luca Giordano (Naples, 1634-1705), Apollo and Marsyas, c. 1660-1665 | Oil on canvas | 80 × 125 cm | Gaudium Magnum Foundation/Maria and João Cortez de Lobão Collection ©Jorge Simão
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