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  • The Rape of Deineira by Nessus, Studio of Luca Giordano (1632-1706).

    Oil on canvas, 48.5cm by 64.5cm. The painting depicts a scene from a mythological story which occurs whilst Hercules and his wife Deineira are crossing a river. The centaur Nessus, having ferried Hercules across, attempts to rape his wife as he ferries her to the far bank.  Luca Giordano was one of the 5th Earl […]

  • Olindo and Sophronia tied to the stake, Studio of Luca Giordano (1632-1706).

    Oil on canvas, 48cm by 61cm. The painting was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter whilst in Italy on one of his four Grand Tours in the late 17th Century. It first appears in the Burghley Inventory of 1763: “the dressing room…..Olindo and Sophronia by L: Jordanus”. The story of Olindo and Sophronia is taken from the poem […]

  • Marcus Curtius Leaping into the Chasm, by Luca Giordano (1632-1706).by

    Oil on canvas, 181cm by 229cm. The story of the legendary Roman hero Marcus Curtius was popular with artists from the time of the Renaissance. After a chasm had opened during an earthquake, threatening Rome, the city was saved by the courageous action of a young Roman soldier who leapt with his horse into the gulf, which thereupon […]

  • Diana and Actaeon, by Luca Giordano (1632-1706).

    Signed l.r.: Jordanus/Ft. Oil on canvas, 183cm by 252cm, in a carved and gilded frame. The myth of Diana and Actaeon appears in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The story of the hunter Actaeon, who was transformed into a deer and killed by his own hounds after discovering Diana, goddess of the hunt, whilst she was bathing, was popular with […]

  • Marcus Curtius Leaping into the Chasm, Luca Giordano (1634-1705).

    Oil on canvas, 49cm by 64cm. This painting is likely to have been purchased by the 5th Earl of Exeter as he patronised Giordano. However, it first appears in the 1763 Inventory: “The Drawing room … Curtius leaping into the gulph by L. Jordanus.” Marcus Curtius was a legendary Roman soldier who sacrificed himself to […]

  • David and Bathsheba, Luca Giordano (1634-1705).

    Signed l.c.r.: Jordanus. Oil on canvas, 96.5cm by 121cm. 1688 Inventory, p.29: “My Ladyes Dressing Roome……1 piece of David & Bathsheba in a Large Guilt fframe.” The Old Testament tells the story of King David’s seduction of the beautiful Bathsheba, his arranged murder of her husband Uriah and subsequent marriage to her, for which sins, David and […]

  • The Woman Taken in Adultery, Luca Giordano (1634-1705).

    Signed l.r.: Jordanus F. Oil on canvas, 96.5cm by 121cm. The painting illustrates a parable from St. John’s Gospel, in which Jesus prevents the stoning of an adulterous woman with the words, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. 1688 Inventory: “My Ladyes Dressing Roome….1 piece of ye woman taken in Adultery in a […]

  • Luca Giordano.

    The Death of Seneca. Oil on canvas. 246.5cm by 301cm. Literature: 1688 Inventory, p. 32;“The Best Bedchamber…4 very Large pictures in Guilt fframes  viz. a Seneca, a Europa, St John decollating and an a Diana & Acteon by Jordanus.” 1738 Inventory: ” The Blue Velvet Drawing room [Red DR] On one Side of the Room […]

  • Luca Giordano.

    The Rape of Europa. Oil on canvas. 246.5cm by 301cm. 1738 Inventory, p. 28: ” The Blue Velvet Drawing room [Red DR]….On the other Side Europa upon the Bull crowned with Flowers, holding by one Horn, a loose Garment flung over her, 2 Nymphs in the Water, the rest on Shore holding out their Hands, […]

  • Luca Giordano.

    Venus, Cupid and a Satyr. Signed l.l.: JORDANVS. Oil on canvas. 117cm by 170cm. The young Cupid looks on, as the lustful Satyr stares lewdly at the naked figure of Cupid’s mother, Venus. This painting was purchased by the 5th Earl and is mentioned in the Inventory of Burghley taken in 1688: “My Lords Anty […]

  • Luca Giordano, a Self-Portrait, circa 1680.

    Painted oval, 7.4cm, 6cm wide. Rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame. The artist was born in Naples in 1634, and died there in 1705. He was apprenticed to Jose de Ribera (1591-1652), but his later travels to Rome, Florence and Venice introduced him to the works of Pietro da Cortona and Paolo Veronese which wrought a great change in […]