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Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen of Spain, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1693 - 1694
Giordano, Luca
Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen of Spain, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1693 - 1694
Giordano, Luca

Evoking the model of the great equestrian portraits painted for the Spanish Habsburgs by Titian, Rubens and Velázquez, Giordano offers his own idealised and triumphal depiction of Maria Anna of Neuburg. The Queen is shown in a landscape that recalls the Bay of Naples, both accompanied by allegorical figures. It is not clear if these canvases were the bases for large-scale portraits of the m

The Holy Family with the infant John the Baptist
Oil on panel. Ca. 1655
Giordano, Luca
The Holy Family with the infant John the Baptist
Oil on panel. Ca. 1655
Giordano, Luca

Giordano was particularly gifted at imitating the style of some of the celebrated masters of the past, as evident in this work which evokes Raphael’s pictorial language. More than a mere exercise in imitation, the presence on the rock on the right of two monograms with the letters “RSF VB” (Raphael Sanzio Faciebat Vrbinas) indicates the painter’s probable intention to produce a forgery.

The Sacrifice of Abraham
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1696
Giordano, Luca
The Sacrifice of Abraham
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1696
Giordano, Luca

Isaac aparece dispuesto sobre una losa de sacrificio con las manos atadas. Abraham se prepara para el sacrificio con un puñal en su mano derecha, en el momento en el que un ángel se apresta a detener su mano (Génesis 22: 10-12). La escena aparece dominada por la tensión dramática establecida entre Abraham y el ángel. Isaac baja obediente la cabeza ante la presión ejercida por la mano de su padre y

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