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“Expulsion of the Money-Changers from the Temple,” 1675, Luca Giordano. Oil on Canvas, 78 inches by 103 inches. Hermitage Museum. (Public Domain)

The Italian painter Luca Giordano working in the late 17th century was misunderstood in his time.


Initially, he was influenced by the Spanish Baroque painter José de Ribera. Later, Giordano discarded the dark and somber look of Ribera’s paintings for the more colorful style of Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese.


Giordano became a very successful court painter for the Spanish king Charles II. He was known for painting very quickly and was able to complete large frescoes in a short period of time.


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