National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
January 29–July 8, 2012

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Works by
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
in the Collection

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione in the Accademia di San Luca

Image: Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Head of a Young Man in a Feathered Hat (so-called Self-Portrait), late 1640s, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1996.113.5 Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609—1664) was perhaps the most complex and far-reaching interpreter of the baroque, the naturalistic style that dominated 17th-century European art. This exhibition presents the National Gallery's rich holdings of the artist's prints and drawings while suggesting, for the first time, the complex sources of his style, including Rembrandt and Claude Lorrain, as well as its importance for later artists, from Tiepolo and Piranesi to Watteau and Boucher. Organized according to themes and concerns in his work—biblical journeys, the memory of the antique, the Flight into Egypt, religious nocturnes, fantastic physiognomy, and graphic experiment—the exhibition presents Castiglione's works and comparative examples side by side, underscoring the serial aspect of his creativity. The installation includes approximately 80 works, most from the Gallery's collection but including a number of important drawings from private collections.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, January 29–July 8, 2012