Luca Forte, from Caravaggio to Spain
Little is known about Luca Forte, a painter who lived between 1600 and 1675 and worked in Naples. His most important works probably date back to the decades between 1625 and 1655, and the most expert critics say he reached the height of artistic maturity in 1640-1650.
His still lives reflected Caravaggio’s influence at first, then acquired a more elaborate style, similar to Spanish works of the time. They are now showcased in many museums around the world, including Galleria Corsini in Rome, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples, and Collezione Molinari Pradelli in Bologna.
Here is a selection of his best paintings.