Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Man with a Long Beard, Wearing a Headdress and Fur Cap, Facing Right, c. 1640
Signed Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione etching, Man with a Long Beard, Wearing a Headdress and Fur Cap, Facing Right, c. 1640
|Artist:||Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609 - 1665)|
|Title:||Man with a Long Beard, Wearing a Headdress and Fur Cap, Facing Right, c. 1640|
|Image Size:||7 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in (18.7 cm x 13.7 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||7 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in (18.7 cm x 13.7 cm)|
|Framed Size:||23 3/4 in x 22 1/4 in (60.3 cm x 56.5 cm)|
|Signature:||This work is signed in the plate in the upper right with the artist's monogram followed by the inscription 'Castilione.'|
|Condition:||This piece is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
In this work, Castiglione, Rembrandt's light and airy Italian contemporary, offers a stunning portrait of an older man with a long beard. One of Castiglione's larger works, this piece is an illustration of Castiglione's lively handling of the etching needle that produced rich textures and a range of dark tonalities for which he was revered. This piece is particularly notable for the wide array of textures depicted – from the feather, to the fur, to the subject's beard, Castiglione successfully hints at a variety of textures. Castiglione sought to create not only a portrait, but an assessment of his subject's character using the Renaissance science of physiognomy in which the temperament and other characteristic qualities of the mind could be discerned based on a careful inspection of facial features. Using a myriad of organized zig zags, scribbles, and cross hatchings, Castiglione summons a sense of who this subject is, not just what he looks like. With his hooked nose, long face, and ample beard, this subject appears as a wise elder of sufficient social standing, donning a richly decorated hat.
This original etching is signed in the plate in the upper right with the artist's monogram followed by the inscription 'Castilione.' It is from the first and only state and belongs to the series known as the “Large Studies of Heads in Oriental Headdress.”
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Bartsch. The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 46 Part 1. Edited by Paolo Bellini. New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 48 (32) on pg. 51.
2. Bartsch. The Illustrated Bartsch Vol 46 Part 2. Edited by Paolo Bellini. New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 48 (32) on pg. 57.
ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione Biography
AN ECLECTIC artist who treated a limited number of subjects repeatedly throughout his career, Castiglione brought energy to his paintings, drawings, monotypes, and etchings by virtue of his lively handling of brush, pen, and needle. Baptized in Genoa in i1609, he mined in his native city under minor animal and landscape painters in the 1620s. There he probably also knew oil sketches by Van Dyck and Rubens as wen as Venetian paintings by the Bassano family – works that were lush, warmly colored, and loosely executed. Castighone's nu- merous independent drawings, done in brush and oil pigments, reflect these formative influences.
During most of the 163os the artist was in Rome, where he acquired a taste for classical subject matter, antiquities, and the carfully organized compositions of Poussin, whom he may have known personally. In the 1640s Castiglione returned to Genoa, where he executed a number of important commissions for church altar- pieces, and pagan and pastoral subjects for private collectors. Around 1645 he executed several etchings and repeated some of these compositions in monotypes, a technique he seems to have been responsible, for inventing. These monotypes, executed in white lines scratched out of the ink-coated surface of the plate, are but one expression of Castiglione's interest in strong contrasts of light and dark.
On his return to Rome in 1647, Castiglione brought along his etched plates; beginning in 1640s, he had them published by Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi. In the prints he made in Rome in about 1650, Castiglione showed careful attention to Rembrandt's etchings of the 1630s, adopting from them the Dutchman's dense, scribbly fines to produce rich textures and a range of dark tonalities. Also in about 1650, Castighone's work took on aspects of the dramatic and emotional Baroque styles of Pietro da Cortona and Gianlorenzo Bernini, then at the height of their careers. His contacts with Pietro Testa and Salvator Rosa date from this time
After 1651 Castiglione moved to Mantua, where he remained in the employ of die ducal court, making occasional visits to Venice and Genoa until his death in about 1665. His last dated etching is from 1655, although a monotype is dated 1660.
Castiglione's some sixty etchings were popular and influential. His most immediate followers were his brother Salvatore, his son Francesco, and the Genoese painter Bartolommeo, Biscaino. In the eighteenth century Castiglione was copied and imitated, and his mysterious, magical elements – turbaned orientals, enchantresses, owls, and monkeys – reappeared in the imaginative works of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Castiglione's own plates were reprinted in series several times in the early nineteenth century.
1. For example in J. Kay, A Collection of Original Etchings, London, 1826 (information provided by R. E. Lewis).
See also Bellini 1982; Bellini 1985; New York 1980; and Percy 1977.