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Born in Naples and trained by Jusepe de Ribera, Luca Giordano was the leading Neapolitan painter of the later 17th century. This group of ten paintings was made by the artist as a series of detailed oil studies (or modelli) for the ceiling frescoes in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence. Part of a set of 12 (the other two are in private collections), they are among the artist’s finest achievements.