Private Collection (France), sold to Giovanni Salocchi, 1969.
Giovanni Salocchi (Florence, Italy), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1969.
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Allegory of Magnanimity
Luca Giordano (Italian (Neapolitan), 1634 - 1705)
Oil on canvas
180.3 × 180.3 cm (71 × 71 in.)
Magnanimity, or greatness of soul, is the moral virtue of bearing adversity with tranquility and equanimity. This female personification wears an imperial crown and a gold brocade cloak lined with royal ermine to indicate the nobility of her disposition.
Two flying putti proffer another crown and a scepter, the symbol of Magnanimity's power to execute her noble thoughts, while the lion at her feet alludes to her fearlessness. At left, a putto prepares to empty a cornucopia (horn of plenty), evoking her generosity and disregard for material rewards and personal advantage.
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