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Self portrait
18th Century
Francesco SOLIMENA
Self portrait
c. 1720
Oil on canvas
129 x 114 cm  [HxW]
Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Napoli

Francesco Solimena was one of a family of painters and draughtsman. A prolific artist he dominated Neapolitan painting in the first half of the 18thcentury and won admiration for his art throughout Europe. The influence of Luca Giordano can be seen in a dramatic handling of light and shade. In this work Solimena emphasised his dignity and fame as a painter whose paintings were prized by the most distinguished princely patrons.

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