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Title Vision of St John the Divine
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Solimena, Francesco (Italian painter and draftsman, 1657-1747)
Date Earliest about 1690
Date Latest about 1710
Description Solimena's was one of the widest-ranging Neapolitan talents of the late Baroque, producing not only painting but architecture, music and poetry. He first studied with his father, Angelo, with whom he made his debut in collaborative works. In 1674, he travelled to Naples where he rapidly assimilated many influences notably those of Giordano, Cortona, Lanfranco and Preti, although his masters were Francesco di Maria and Giuseppe Recco. Giordano's departure in 1692 left the field open for Solimena who readily assumed the role of the city's leading painter. Around this time, Solimena's work took on darker colouring as a result of Preti's influence. However, his Francophile sense of elegance anticipates aspects of Rococo style.
Current Accession Number 1964P18
Former Accession Number P.1864
Subject religion (St John the Divine)
Measurements 74.9 x 50.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi Co. Ltd 1964.
Publications Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 136.
Notes Attribution to Vaccaro (presumably Lorenzo) made by Dottoressa Nicola Spinosa, 1981 (letter in gallery archives). Solimena attribution seems accurate.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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