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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
"Mythological Scene-Satyr & GoatHerder"an Original Etching signed by Castiglione

c. 1650

$2,400

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"Mythological Scene--Satyr & Goat Herder" is an original etching signed by Italian artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. It depicts a satyr lounging on the left and an approaching goat herder on the right. 4 3/8" x 8 3/8" art 15 7/8" x 19 3/4" frame Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (baptized 23 March 1609[1] – 5 May 1664) was an Italian Baroque artist, painter, printmaker and draftsman, of the Genoese school. He is best known now for his elaborate engravings, and as the inventor of the printmaking technique of monotyping. He was known as Il Grechetto in Italy and in France as Le Benédette. Castiglione was born in Genoa. His early training is unclear. He may have studied with Sinibaldo Scorza. Wittkower describes him as a "passionate student" of Anthony van Dyck, who arrived in 1621, and Peter Paul Rubens, who stayed in the city in the first decade of the 17th century and whose paintings were readily accessible there. He may have trained under the Genoese Bernardo Strozzi. He lived in Rome from 1634 to about 1645, then returned to Genoa. He also traveled to Florence and Naples He was back in Rome in 1647, before moving in 1651 to be court artist in Mantua for Duke Carlo II and his wife Isabella Chiara de Austria. He died in Mantua. He had various brushes with the law in his lifetime. and according to The Queen's Gallery in London, "the turbulence that characterised his life overshadowed his artistic brilliance, and Castiglione struggled to achieve recognition in his lifetime. Much of what is known about the artist is derived not from fulfilled commissions, but from court documents." He painted portraits, historical pieces and landscapes, but chiefly excelled in fairs, markets and rural scenes with animals. Noah's ark and the animals entering the Ark was a favorite subject of his. Castiglione was also fond of etchings and gained notoriety for executing a series of exotic heads of vaguely oriental people. Castiglione was a brilliant draftsman and pioneered the development of the oil sketch (often using a mixture of mediums) as a finished work - previously they had been used only for working studies for another finished piece, for example by Rubens. He returned to the same subjects over and over again, but with significantly different compositions each time.

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  • Creator
    Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609 - 1609, Italian)
  • Creation Year
    c. 1650
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.875 in. (40.33 cm)Width: 19.75 in. (50.17 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 9283g1stDibs: LU60532043283

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