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slightly grey impression (suggesting a later edition—perhaps McCreery’s 1816
edition) in near pristine condition. There is the remnant of a mounting hinge
I am selling this small and precious etching by Castiglione—the artist
claimed to have made the first monotype—for AU$125 in total (currently US$92.58/EUR83.96/GBP69.05
at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere
in the world. If you are interested in purchasing this fine vignette portrait
by an old master, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will
send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
There are so
many purported “facts” about Castiglione that are so interesting to address.
Indeed, the facts are so tantalising that they make finding where to start in a
brief discussion about him hard to navigate. So … rather than be level-headed I
will simply layout a few of these facts for those interested in the genius of
Castiglione to engage with.
Number 1: Castiglione invented the monotype process (i.e. “A single print taken
from a design created in oil paint or printing ink on glass or metal.” Oxford
Number 2: Castiglione “discovered” Rembrandt and “is the first artist in Italy
known to have borrowed directly from the Dutch master” (Timothy J Standring
& Martin Clayton, 2013, “Castiglione: Lost Genius”, Royal Collection Trust,
Number 3: He threw his sister off a rooftop. (Standring & Clayton, 2013)
Number 4: Accused his brother of being a thief and an assassin and sent him to
jail. (Standring & Clayton, 2013)
Number 5: Almost killed his nephew with relentless punches. (Standring &
Number 6: The “most innovative and technically accomplished Italian draughtsman
of his time” and “one of the most original artists of the entire seventeenth
century.” (Standring & Clayton, 2013)
Number 7: Castiglione “pioneered the development of the oil sketch”