Giordano possessed extraordinary talents, having the protean ability to freely appropriate the styles of other masters and to do so at exceptional speeds, prompting the moniker ‘Luca Fa Presto’ (‘Luca paints quickly’). He approached all subjects, whether religious or profane in both oil or fresco with the same ease and inventiveness, leaving behind an exceptionally large œuvre that stands as a testament to his virtuosity. Giordano said of himself that he had a gold, a silver and bronze brush, an admission that his works range from the brilliant to the mediocre depending on the attention he gave to them. Giordano’s personal style defined the work of the next generation of Neapolitan painters, especially that of Francesco Solimena (1657–1747).
Books on Luca Giordano
Stefano Causa, ed., Luca Giordano, le triomphe de la peinture, exh. cat. Paris, 2019.
Andrés Úbeda de los Cobos, Luca Giordano at the Museo Nacional del Prado: Catalogue Raisonné, Madrid, 2017.
Oreste Ferrari and Giuseppe Scavizzi, Luca Giordano: L’opera completa, 2 vols. 2nd edn. Naples, 2000.
Oreste Ferrari and Giuseppe Scavizzi, Luca Giordano, 3 vols. rev. edn. Naples, 1992.
Mary G. Neill, A Taste for Angels: Neapolitan Painting in North America 1650-1750, exh. cat. New Haven, 1987.
Bernardo de Dominici, Vita del Cavaliere D. Luca Giordano, Pittore Napoletano, Naples, 1729.