14 Nov → 23 Feb 2020
From Tue to Sun 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Mon. Nocturnal Fri until 9 pm for exhibitions.
Naples, the unloved city of Italy. It is said to be dirty, chaotic, dangerous. But it's hard not to fall under his spell. Naples is also a land of the arts that the Petit Palais Museum is showing us with a Neapolitan season. Following the exhibition dedicated to the sculptor Gemito, the museum is presenting for the first time in France a retrospective dedicated to the Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano (1634-1705). A disciple of the Spanish master Jusepe de Ribera, Giordano knew how to make the most of the various stylistic trends of his time. His painting evokes with finesse the elements that seduced the European artistic scene at the time, and this is how he participated in the diffusion of Neapolitan painting throughout his life. A curious artist, with early talent, he was able to synthesize the Neapolitan tradition, the Venetian colour and the great programmes of the Baroque period. Untiring, he is credited with more than 1000 creations. Organized along a chronological axis, the exhibition highlights the painter's virtuosity through the presentation of nearly 90 works, monumental paintings and drawings brought together thanks to exceptional loans from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, several churches in the city and many European institutions. Thanks to the exceptional loans of the monumental paintings of the Capodimonte National Museum and other European institutions, this retrospective brings a renewed vision of one of Seisento's most remarkable artists.