Luca Giordano (Italian, 1634-1705) - Recent Acquisition Details

Luca Giordano (Italian, 1634-1705)

Luca Giordano (Italian, 1634-1705)

Feb 3, 2016

The Toledo Museum of Art recently acquired The Liberation of St. Peter, painted by Italian artist Luca Giordano (1634-1705). This large-scale work dramatically depicts the Biblical story told in Acts 12:6–11 of an angel liberating the Apostle Peter from prison. The new acquisition is now the largest painting on display in the Great Gallery and one of the largest in the museum’s collection. A little-known but rewarding 19th-century oil painting by French artist Antoine Berjon (1754–1843) has been acquired by the museum through the generosity of a local couple. Still Life with Grapes, Chestnuts, Melons, and a Marble Cube was purchased from an art dealer in Lyon, France with funds from James G. and Nancy Ravin. Berjon was the leading still life painter in Lyon during the early 19th century. He taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and had more than 200 pupils. As an artist, he continued the tradition of 18th-century French still life painting, inspired also by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings. Examples of his work can be found in the Louvre, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. “A still life by Berjon … has been sought by TMA for decades,” said Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton Senior Curator, European and American Painting and Sculpture before 1900. “It is utterly thrilling to have this sublime and mysterious gem enter the collection.”