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Saturday 9 December 2023

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione’s etching, " Head of a Young Man Wearing a Cap with a Plume”, 1645/50

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

"Head of a Young Man Wearing a Cap with a Plume” (aka “Hoofd van een jongeman met een muts met pluim” [Rijksmuseum]; “Young Man with His Eyes Lowered [TIB]”; “Jeune homme vu presque de profil …” [Bartsch]), 1645–50, from the series of 16 plates (TIB 32–47), “Small Studies of Heads in Oriental Headdress”. This is a late impression published in 1816 by J. McCreery in the “200 Etchings”.

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed slightly within the platemark with restorations and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 10.6 x 8.2 cm.

Inscribed in plate at upper left: “CASTILIONE”.

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: a well-printed impression trimmed slightly within the platemark. The upper and lower right corners are damaged and restored and the sheet is laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this superb etching by the artist argued to be the inventor of the monotype for AU$299 (currently US$199.85/EUR180.83/GBP159.18 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.

Note that this is the second impression of this print that I have listed. The previous listed copy has been sold.

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