The Baptism of Christ
Patronized by Spanish kings and Italian princes, Giordana is considered the most brillian painter of the late Baroque. This dynamic composition is powered by the tonal extremes and virtuoso brushwork that are characteristic of that style. With the joyous momentum of a rising prayer, Giordana evokes billowing clouds and angels swirling apart asa the Holy Spirit descends in the blinding light. A lesser artist could not have orchestrated the luminous energies that serve as an incandescent backdrop for the interlocking curves of Christ and John the Baptist. Their measured gestures and bodly modeled forms anchor the composition and provide a tranquil focus for contemplation.