Castiglione: Lost Genius

ISBN: 9781905686773
Artist(s): Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Author(s): Timothy Standring, Martin Clayton
Format: hardback
Year published: 2013
Publisher: Royal Collection Trust
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout


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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–64) was perhaps the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time.Working in oils on paper he produced large, vibrant compositions as works of art in their own right; his dramatic etchings were as intense as those of Rembrandt; and he combined drawing and printmaking to invent the technique of the monotype.Though highly esteemed for a century after his death, he has fallen from fame in the modern era. In this book, the first publication on Castiglione in decades, extensive new research reveals the story of the artist’s scandalous private life, in fascinating contrast to the ethereal beauty of his art. Illustrated with over 80 of Castiglione’s extraordinary works from the Royal Collection, this catalogue restores his reputation as one of the great artists of the Baroque.


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