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Friday 27 September 2019

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione's etching, "Head of a Young Man with a Cap and Feather”, 1645–50

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (aka Il Grechetto) (1609–1664)

"Head of a Young Man with a Cap and Feather” (Rijksmuseum title) (aka “Young Man with His Eyes Lowered” (TIB title); “Jeune homme vu presque de profil …” [Bartsch title]), 1645–50, from the series of 16 plates (TIB 32–47), “Small Studies of Heads in Oriental Headdress”.

Etching on fine laid paper with a narrow margin around the platemark backed with a support sheet
Size: (sheet) 11.5 x 8.6 cm; (plate) 11.2 x 8.2 cm.
Inscribed on plate at upper left: “CASTILIONE”.
Lifetime impression (based on the crisp quality of line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate).

TIB 46(21). 35(28) (Paolo Bellini [ed.] 1982, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Masters of the Seventeenth Century”, vol 46, New York, Abaris Books, p. 46, cat. no 35[28]); Bellini 1982 26.II (Paolo Bellini 1982, “L'Opera incisa di Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione”, Milan, Comune di Milano, p. 111, cat. 26); Bartsch XXI.28.35.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Head in profile to right with flat hat and a tuft behind.”

See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: well-printed impression with no sign of wear to the printing plate in excellent condition, with a narrow margin (approx. 2 mm) around the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. 

I am selling this superb etching by the artist argued to be the inventor of the monotype for AU$353 (currently US$238.47/EUR218.03/GBP193.65 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this arresting study that the Rijksmuseum proposes is “inspired by similar etchings by Rembrandt and Lievens” (see RP-P-OB-12.181), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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