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Production People
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (Print made by)artist bio
Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto [il Grechetto]
b Genoa, bapt 23 March 1609; d Mantua, 5 May 1664
Title / Description
Man with a Beard and Mustache, Wearing a Cap with a Large Olume [Portrait of Lorenzo Bernini?]
 
Date
late 1640s
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
187 x 137 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed at upper left: 'GB CASTILIONVS/GENOVESE. FE'
State
third state of three
 
Provenance
Artaria & Co. (purchased from)
 
References
Bartsch XXI.34.53 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bellini in TIB 1985, 4602.031 (third state of three) info
Paolo Bellini, Italian Masters of the Seventeenth Centuries, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 46 (Commentary), New York 1985
 
Comment
Bellini argues that this is a later state of the etching catalogued by Bartsch as XXI.34.53. Bellini rejects the etching's traditional identification as self-portrait, because it does not resemble the known self-representation of the artist in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (inv. no. 1602/1863). Instead, he accepts the suggestion of Caterina Marcenaro that it might represent Gian Lorenzo Bernini; see Caterina Marcenaro, in Mostra dei pittori genovesi a Genova nel '600 e nel '700, Caterina Marcenaro (ed.), exhibition catalogue, Palazzo Bianco, Genoa 1969, no. 70. It certainly reveals the influence of Rembrandt and should be dated to the late 1640s together with the series of the Large Studies of Heads in Oriental Headdresses.
 
Inventory Number
1916-258
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 17th century: Mounted I
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