DIT FA PRESTO
NAPLES 1684 – NAPLES 1705
Born in Naples, Giordano was the son of the painter Antonio Giordano. By 1650 he was apprenticed to Ribera on the recommendation of the viceroy of Naples and his early work was heavily influenced by his teacher. Like Ribera, he painted many half-length figures of philosophers, either imaginary portraits of specific figures, or generic types.
He acquired the nickname Luca fa presto, which translates into “Luca paints quickly.” His speed, in design as well as handiwork, and his versatility, enabled him to imitate other painters deceptively, earned for him two other epithets, “The Thunderbolt” (Fulmine) and “The Proteus” of painting. [Wikipedia]
The artistry as well as expedience in executing his sketches enabled the dissemination of Giordano’s work widely. As his reputation spread, Luca developed an elaborate Baroque style fusing Venetian and Roman Influences. His mature works combine the ornamental pomp of Paul Veronese with the lively complex schemes, the “grand manner”, of Pietro da Cortona.
DETAILS: Ink Sketch of angels on tissue paper.