Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione’s legacy opens at the National Gallery of Art

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artwork: Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione - "Noah Leading the Animals into the Ark", c. 1655. Brush and oil paint, overall: 39.4 x 54.8 cm (15 1/2 x 21 9/16 in.) Partial Gift of Gilbert Butler, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art.


WASHINGTON, DC – An exhibition at the National Gallery of Art will showcase its rich holdings of works on paper by the Italian baroque master Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664), as well as works by his contemporaries and followers. On view in the Gallery’s West Building from January 29th to July 8th, The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione suggests, for the first time, the complex sources of his style such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Claude Lorrain, as well as its importance for later artists, from Giambattista Piranesi and the Tiepolo family to Antoine Watteau and François Boucher. The exhibition includes approximately 80 works, most from the Gallery’s collection; many recently acquired and never before exhibited. The last exhibition in the United States to survey Castiglione’s works on paper took place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1971.