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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64)

The Genius of Castiglione dated 1648

Etching | 37.2 x 25.0 cm (platemark) | RCIN 830465

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The reclining youth, the artist's ideal self, wears the plumed beret seen in Castiglione’s self-portrait etching (no. 100). Creativity is embodied by a palette and a sheet of music, fertility by poultry and a rabbit; we see the trumpets and drums of Fame, a huge palm of Victory, and the wreath of Immortality. And yet weeds are growing over the sculpture and masonry, for all human achievement is subject to the ravages of time.