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This exhibition of drawings and prints by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione aims to reinstate the 17th-century master as one of the greatest graphic artists of the Baroque. Much of what is known about Castiglione, born in the cosmopolitan port of Genoa, comes not from his artworks but from court papers documenting his acts of violence, possibly even murder.

He was, however, arguably the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time. Ninety works on paper from the Royal Collection, which holds the finest surviving group of Castiglione's work, will be on view. Highlights include Castiglione's pastoral scenes, with which he built his early reputation, and his later and grander themes of mythology and religion. He produced large dynamic drawings in oil and invented the monotype technique, a hybrid of printing and drawing, but despite his artistic brilliance and innovations, Castiglione struggled to achieve recognition in his lifetime.

Today, the grace and beauty of Castiglione's work belies the darkness of his character. Through this exhibition a new generation will be able to rediscover Italy's great lost genius. The works forming this exhibition have been generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. 

This exhibition of drawings and prints by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione aims to reinstate the 17th-century master as one of the greatest graphic artists of the Baroque. Much of what is known about Castiglione, born in the cosmopolitan port of Genoa, comes not from his artworks but from court papers documenting his acts of violence, possibly even murder.

He was, however, arguably the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time. Ninety works on paper from the Royal Collection, which holds the finest surviving group of Castiglione's work, will be on view. Highlights include Castiglione's pastoral scenes, with which he built his early reputation, and his later and grander themes of mythology and religion. He produced large dynamic drawings in oil and invented the monotype technique, a hybrid of printing and drawing, but despite his artistic brilliance and innovations, Castiglione struggled to achieve recognition in his lifetime.

Today, the grace and beauty of Castiglione's work belies the darkness of his character. Through this exhibition a new generation will be able to rediscover Italy's great lost genius. The works forming this exhibition have been generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.

This exhibition of drawings and prints by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione aims to reinstate the 17th-century master as one of the greatest graphic artists of the Baroque. Much of what is known about Castiglione, born in the cosmopolitan port of Genoa, comes not from his artworks but from court papers documenting his acts of violence, possibly even murder.

He was, however, arguably the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time. Ninety works on paper from the Royal Collection, which holds the finest surviving group of Castiglione's work, will be on view. Highlights include Castiglione's pastoral scenes, with which he built his early reputation, and his later and grander themes of mythology and religion. He produced large dynamic drawings in oil and invented the monotype technique, a hybrid of printing and drawing, but despite his artistic brilliance and innovations, Castiglione struggled to achieve recognition in his lifetime.

Today, the grace and beauty of Castiglione's work belies the darkness of his character. Through this exhibition a new generation will be able to rediscover Italy's great lost genius. The works forming this exhibition have been generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.

WHEN

WHERE

Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
https://www.kimbellart.org/exhibition/castiglione-lost-genius-masterworks-paper-royal-collection

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