Museum Introducing Giordano Masterpiece During Free Public Program

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Luca Giordano (Italian, 1634–1705), The Liberation of St. Peter. Oil on canvas, shortly after 1660. 79 by 121 inches. Toledo Museum of Art. Museum purchase.

Luca Giordano (Italian, 1634–1705), The Liberation of St. Peter. Oil on canvas, shortly after 1660. 79 by 121 inches. Toledo Museum of Art. Museum purchase.

The Liberation of St. Peter, a 350-year-old masterpiece recently purchased by the Toledo Museum of Art, will be introduced to the community at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 13) in the Great Gallery.

Painted by Italian artist Luca Giordano (pronounced Luke-a Jor-don-o), who lived between 1634 and 1705, this large-scale work (79 by 121 inches) dramatically depicts the Biblical story told in Acts 12:6–11 of an angel liberating the Apostle Peter from prison. The new acquisition is now the largest painting on display in the Great Gallery and one of the largest in the Museum’s collection.

During the free public program, Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy; Lawrence W. Nichols, the William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900; and the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, the new Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, will discuss the painting from both artistic and religious perspectives.


2 Responses to “Museum Introducing Giordano Masterpiece During Free Public Program”

  1. Barbara miller says:

    Please post the time and location of the Salon de refusal. Thank you!

  2. Stephanie Elton says:

    The Salon des Refusés is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the Parkwood Gallery located across the street from the Museum in the Professional Building. The address is 1838 Parkwood Ave. It will be on view through January the 8th. Some holiday closings will apply so call the gallery at 419-254-2787 to make sure they are open.


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