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Self-Portrait as a Chemical or Alchemist

Luca Giordano

Following a custom fashionable with Napolitan intellectuals and adopted by Jusepe de Ribera, Luca Giordano portrayed himself as a young man in the guise of a philosopher or, as here, of an alchemist, a role hinted at by the large still which he holds in his hands as he scrutinises the observer with his intense, magnetic gaze.

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AUTHOR Luca Giordano
DATE c. 1660
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 116 x 96
INVENTORY 689
ROOM XXXII
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