Curated by: Stefano Causa e Patrizia Piscitello
Conceived by Sylvain Bellenger , director of the Capodimonte Museum, with the curators Stefano Causa and Patrizia Piscitello , the exhibition Luca Giordano. From Nature to Painting is presented as a spectacular story in images.
Giordano is the greatest Neapolitan painter of the sixteenth century, as well as the most prolific.
In Naples he was the first to liquidate the heroic fury of Caravaggio's painting with an unscrupulous and colorful writing.
Intolerant of the limits of the frame, he widened the choice of subjects which, among Caravaggio's friends, was limited to a very limited squad.
Giordano reinvents the Roman Baroque in an aggressive and as if unleashed version: Rubens, Cortona and Bernini are always behind. But it is clear that to jump better he took a long run, choosing between the masters, Titian and Veronese. And it was a quick fuse: young and already rich , his fame had crossed the borders of the Viceroyalty, outperforming the competition in some of the most competitive markets in the country.
Those who are content do not enjoy, especially if they are restless: but one would hardly have imagined that fifty years old - an age that for the time was full old age - would move to Spain , becoming a court painter and decorating walls upon walls between Madrid and the Escorial.
The patron saint of Goya's youth, the greatest Spanish painter between Velazquez and Picasso, is called Giordano. But it is undeniable that the Baroque face of Florence, the least Baroque city in the world, is his invention.