The Surrender of the Elector of Saxony before Charles V
Patrimonio Nacional (Spain)
A talented painter who produced his works very rapidilly (being know, for this reason, as «Fa presto»), Luca Giordano (Naples, 1634-1705) was fames throughout Europe for his skill in recovering the style of José de Ribera, an artist who was particularly admired by the Great Spanish collectors. It was, however, because of his ability to paint large frescos that Charles II (1665-1700) called him to Madrid, in 1692, to serve as his royal painter. This Guest Work formed part of a set of four paintings celebrating the military successes of Emperor Charles V. Giordano’s father specialised in the painting of battles and Luca dedicated himself to this theme very early on in his career, returning to it, once more, in the last years of his stay in Madrid, when he painted various cycles alluding to the heroic feats of Spanish monarchs.
September 20th | 18h