Project Description

Deposition of Christ
restoration of the painting by Luca Giordano, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice 


restoration of the painting representing
the Deposition of Christ by Luca Giordano

Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

project director
Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

Claudia Vittori

David and Patti Schwartz
Roger Thomas and Arthur Libera
Venetian Heritage

start date
July 2019

end date
September 2021

 € 50.085,74

Luca Giordano – also known as Luca Fapresto or “Short Work” as he was known due the legendary speed with which he finished the works commissioned – was a Neapolitan painter who lived and worked not only in Naples, his home town, where he had studied with Jusepe de Ribera, but also in Rome, where he met Pietro da Cortona and was inspired by the Baroque masterpieces. Giordano also spent some time in Venice between 1653 and 1667, and continued to work for Venetian clients in the following years.
The painting was made for the main altar in Santa Maria del Pianto, a church built during the War of Candia in the second half of the seventeenth century. It was appropriated by the Town later on and since 1829 it has been part of the collections of the Gallerie dell’Accademia.
Before the present restoration, the painting’s surface was covered in dust. The varnish had also altered resulting in the alteration of the original colours. The entire underside of the painting has been filled and two integrations are clearly noticeable at the bottom of the arch. Finally, signs of other interventions are visible as shiny or opaque patches depending on the thickness and type of materials used.
The painting, now restored, is exhibited in Room no. 6 in the new wing of the Gallerie dell’Accademia. The restoration and furnishing of Room no. 5 and Room no. 6 are currently part of a project also organized by Venetian Heritage.