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Allegory of Magnanimity

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Allegory of Magnanimity


Luca Giordano (Italian (Neapolitan), 1634 - 1705)




about 1670


Oil on canvas

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180.3 × 180.3 cm (71 × 71 in.)

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Object Description

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.

- 1969

Private Collection (France), sold to Giovanni Salocchi, 1969.


Giovanni Salocchi (Florence, Italy), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1969.

The J. Paul Getty Collection (June 29 to September 3, 1972)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis), June 29 to September 3, 1972
Paintings on Loan to the Bowers Museum from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 8 to September 17, 1979)
  • Bowers Museum (Santa Ana), January 8 to September 17, 1979

Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham. Notebooks. Vol. 58 (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute) accession no. 870204, p. 223 (Dec. 10, 1970).

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The J. Paul Getty Collection, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1972), unpaginated, no. 31, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., ed. The J. Paul Getty Museum: Greek and Roman Antiquities, Western European Paintings, French Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth Century (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975), p. 100, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., et al. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976), p. 63.

Tomory, Peter. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings before 1800, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art,1976), pp. 151, 153.

Ferrari, Oreste, and Giuseppe Scavizzi. Luca Giordano: L'opera completa (Naples: Electa, 1992), vol. 1, p. 291, no. A243b.

Ferrari, Oreste, and Giuseppe Scavizzi. Luca Giordano: L'opera completa (Naples: Electa, 1992), vol. 2, p. 591, fig. 323.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 51, ill.