Castiglione: Lost Genius

London – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. • He was among the most innovative draughtsman of the 17th century. Yet Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) was also a violent and impetuous man, who was repeatedly in court for assault, allegedly attempted to throw his sister off a roof and was forced to leave Rome, probably after committing murder. 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.
This autumn, The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace will stage the UK’s first major exhibition about Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. Through 90 drawings and prints from the Royal Collection, which contains the largest and finest group of the artist’s work, the exhibition aims to reinstate Castiglione in his rightful place as one of the greatest artists of the Baroque. Castiglione’s body of work is unique in the 17th century. He made huge drawings in oil, working directly on to paper without any of the customary preparation. These dynamic compositions, quite exceptional for their time, were conceived as finished works of art, despite their spontaneous and almost rough appearance. Castiglione was also one of Italy’s most significant printmakers and produced around 60 etchings. He invented the technique of monotype, drawing in oils or printer’s ink on to a metal plate and then taking a single impression on a sheet of paper. This strikingly modern hybrid of drawing, painting and printmaking was adopted by artists such as Degas and Gauguin some 200 years later. Dates: 1 November 2013 – 16 March 2014

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