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King Solomon praying before the Temple of Jerusalem
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18th Century
King Solomon praying before the Temple of Jerusalem
[Dedicazione del tempio di Salomone]
Oil on canvas
72 x 128 cm  [HxW]
Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Napoli

Born near Naples 1707, Died Naples 1789. Bonito became one of the most influential artists of the Neapolitan school in the 18th century. He developed a personal neo-Baroque style characterised by sweeping movement, bold chiaroscuro and saturated palette reminiscent of Luca Giordano. During the 1740s he became a successful court portraitist and during the 1750s was active as a designer and artistic adviser to the Bourbon court. In the late 1750s his religious paintings became more Rococo in style and spirit with paler tones and exaggerated perspectives.

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