Castiglione: Lost Genius - the exhibition catalogue from The Royal Collection available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Castiglione: Lost Genius

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' probably the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian artist you've never heard of' - The Huffington Post

A Shepherd Carrying an Urn, With His Flock’ (mid-1640s), by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Painter, draughtsman and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–64) was one of the most technically brilliant and innovative artists of the Italian Baroque. Although he is best known for his evocative etchings, he also redefined drawing and printmaking through the introduction of his monotyping technique and was among the first to conceive of the oil sketch as a finished work. Sadly, Castiglione’s prolific artistic output has been largely overshadowed by his turbulent character and troubled private life. 

This lavishly illustrated biography draws on extensive new research into court records and other documents of the time and reconstructs the artist’s life, from his arrest for murder to his eventual decision to flee the region. The story of Castiglione’s life and important new discoveries about his art are presented here alongside one hundred reproductions of his oil sketches.

Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, London and the Denver Art Museum, Castiglione: Lost Genius is the first new publication on Castiglione in decades.

  • Author: Timothy J. Standring, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Denver Art Museum and Martin Clayton, Senior Curator, Prints and Drawings, Royal Library at Windsor Castle 
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: November 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1905686773
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 24.8 x 2.3 cm

'Castiglione’s drawings proved to be dazzling, the etchings were gorgeous, and the monotypes—which I had been unaware of— were extraordinary...Messrs. Standring and Clayton deserve enormous thanks for reintroducing us to a remarkable artist' - The Wall Street Journal

'interesting and surprising' - Apollo Magazine

'Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) is probably the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian artist you’ve never heard of' - Huffington Post