Youth Tempted by the Vices, Luca Giordano
Luca Giordano
Youth Tempted by the Vices
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Luca Giordano

Youth Tempted by the Vices, 1664


Dimensions
265.9 x 289.9 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
1626
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921 as a gift from anonymous donors
Status
On display

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About the Work

The young man is being assailed from all sides. A satyr from Bacchus’ entourage is pouring wine over him; Venus is sprinkling him with milk from her breast. The youth gazes in delight at the enticements of physical love, but Virtue, in the shape of Minerva, protectively holds her shield over him. He does not yet perceive the finiteness of time (Chronos) or the danger emanating from the shepherd Syphilus, who lies before him with a lump on the back of his head. Luca Giordano painted this allegory for a client in Venice, possibly a hospital.

About the Donation

For the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, 1921 marked the long-awaited extension of the garden wing, which provided considerably more space for the art. The space was immediately filled, among other things, with the large-scale donation of benefactors who remained anonymous at the time. However, the archives enable us to establish their identity. Almost 100 years after this generous act we are permitted to reveal their names: the benefactors were Dr Ferdinand Dreyfuß and Konsul Dr Kotzenberg. The latter was also an important patron of the newly founded University of Frankfurt.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Youth Tempted by the Vices
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Jordanus / .F. 1664.

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921 as a gift from anonymous donors

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11O strife between Virtues and Vices, Psychomachy
  • 11K41 devil(s) appearing to mortals, trying to seduce them; temptation
  • 31D12 youth, young man, adolescent
  • 92C4 (story of) Venus (Aphrodite)
  • 33C91 Love personified
  • 31A22232 breasts giving milk
  • 92D1521 Cupid shooting a dart
  • 92C271 Minerva as patroness
  • 45C19(SHIELD) protective weapons: shield
  • 92L41 satyr(s) (in general)
  • 92L1791 bacchanal: Bacchus with his wine-flushed train (thiasos)
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16.09.2019