Castiglione: Lost Genius

Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection
Aug 9, 2015–Nov 8, 2015
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, A presumed self-portrait, 1640s. Etching, platemark.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, A presumed self-portrait, 1640s. Etching, platemark; overall: 188 x 138 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Genius of Castiglione, dated 1648. Etching, platemark.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Genius of Castiglione, dated 1648. Etching, platemark; overall: 372 x 250 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Omnia Vanitas, early to mid-1650s. Oil paint on paper.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Omnia Vanitas, early to mid-1650s. Dark reddish-brown oil paint on paper; overall: 392 x 544 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine and Mary Magdalene, mid– to late 1650s. Red-brown oil.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine and Mary Magdalene, mid– to late 1650s. Red-brown oil; overall: 358 x 447 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The head of an oriental, 1640s. Monotype with black oil and brown wash on brown-toned paper.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The head of an oriental, 1640s. Monotype with black oil and brown wash on brown-toned paper; overall: 317 x 236 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, An Allegory in Honour of the Duchess of Mantua, mid 1650s. Dark reddish-brown and dark red oil.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, An Allegory in Honour of the Duchess of Mantua, mid 1650s. Dark reddish-brown and dark red oil; overall: 392 x 549 mm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

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Closed: August 9, 2015–Nov 8, 2015
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Castiglione: Lost Genius—Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection features 90 of the finest drawings, etchings and monotypes by the master draftsman, painter, and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. A forgotten master from the Italian baroque, Castiglione was a self-proclaimed genius, whose artworks entered the Royal Collection in 1762. The exhibition explores Castiglione’s mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite his turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known.

Castiglione was not only a painter and draftsman, he was the revolutionary inventor of the monotype in the 1640s, experimenting with the medium centuries before subsequent artists such as Degas and Gauguin would during the late nineteenth century. This print method allowed Castiglione to make a print from one-off designs, allowing him to combine the brio and dash of his draftsmanship with his interest in printmaking.

This exhibition is co-curated by Timothy Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the DAM, and Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust. Standring has been captivated by Castiglione since his graduate studies more than 30 years ago, and is now one of the world's foremost authorities on the artist.

Preview the audio guide at http://spts.us/dam/lostgenius. Listen on your smartphone as you explore the gallery, and consider bringing your headphones for a better experience (Note: the audio guide is not compatible with Firefox). Transcripts of the audio guide are available in English (PDF) and in Spanish (PDF).

An exhibition catalog is available for purchase in The Shops and online.

Castiglione: Lost Genius–Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection is organized by Royal Collection Trust and the Denver Art Museum. Exhibition support is provided by Robert Lehman Foundation, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

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