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King Solomon praying before the Temple of Jerusalem
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King Solomon praying before the Temple of Jerusalem
[Dedicazione del tempio di Salomone]
c.1750
Oil on canvas
72 x 128 cm  [HxW]
Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Napoli
 

King Solomon is sitting on the elevated plinth at the top of the stairs. The temple focussed attention on the importance of Jerusalem as a major power in the ancient world.

Designed to be seen from below, this image is daring in its perspective and rich impasto colour. The work decorated the vault of Santa Chiara, a church in Naples which was bombed in the Second World War and this preparatory sketch is all that remains.

 
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