Luca Giordano (Italian, Neapolitan, 16341705)
Oil on canvas; 93 1/8 x 66 7/8 in. (236.5 x 169.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1973 (1973.311.2)
Giordano was the leading painter in Naples in the late seventeenth century and one of the most sought after Italian artists of his day. He painted in a variety of styles, but always with verve and panache. This Annunciation is dated 1672, following a trip to Venice, and it pays homage to the work of Titian. X-radiographs reveal that Giordano reworked the angel extensively.