From November 1 this year one of the best surviving bodies of work from the great Baroque Italian artist Giovani Bendetto Castiglione, will be on view at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace.
Artist, painter, printmaker and draughtsman, this multi-talented Italian was also credited as the inventor of the printmaking technique, mono typing. Castiglione was tremendously inventive and pioneering and would often come up with new techniques such as the oil sketch. Many of his painting and etchings were of a religious theme as was common with all the great artists during his lifetime (1609-1664).
One of Castiglione’s pet themes was Noah and the Arc. The Italian artist loved to paint and sketch animals and landscapes and became extremely proficient in that field.
Eights works of this genius and masterful craftsman are hanging in the Louvre Gallery in Paris. Luckily for the residents of London and anyone visiting the capital sometime soon who has an inkling to peek at the seventeenth century artist’s exceptional work, much of Castiglione’s art will be on display until next springtime at Her Majesty’s own art gallery adjoining Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s Gallery but was opened as the as Gallery in 1962. This public gallery exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection on a rotating basis. Approximately 450 pieces of art are on display in the gallery at any one time.
The work by the genius Castiglione will be a typically top-notch exhibition at the Gallery and for lovers of Italian art, is an event not is not to be missed. Whereas we’d usually need to travel to Paris to be able to marvel at what this special man could achieve through his art nearly 400 years ago, we can now do so in London.
The Queen’s Gallery is situated on Birdcage Walk next to Buckingham Palace. For more information on forthcoming events, opening hours and prices, click HERE.