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Francesco Castiglione
17th-century Genoese
(Genoa, Italy, 1641 - 1710, Genoa, Italy)

By origin, periodic association, and immediate influence, Castiglione was Genoese. Indeed, his style more completely than any other synthesizes that school’s lyrical residual Mannerism with its naturalism of Flemish cast and fondness for everyday subjects. At the same time, he spent much of the 1630s and 1640s in Rome and integrated significant elements of Poussin and Testa’s highly intellectual and idealized Baroque. Castiglione’s curiosity and openness are confirmed by his ceaseless exploration of the graphic arts – the possibilities of oil on paper, the invention of the monotype, and the finest etchings of the period -- and by his late activity between the centers of North Italy. More than any other figure, Castiglione transcends the conventional Baroque categories, of regional stylistic identity, of naturalism and classicism, evolving an distinctive language while predicting the dominant tendencies of 18th-century style.

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