Charles VI, King of France, Receiving Ambassadors from Antoniotto Adorno, Doge of Genoa
11.5 cm x 19.6 cm (4 1/2 in. x 7 11/16 in.)
(Albaro [Genoa], 1557 - 1629, Genoa)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink with brush and gray wash and white heightening (slightly oxidized) on blue antique laid paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
An autograph inscription identifies this scene as one of at least seven from the life of Antoniotto Adorno, doge during Genoa’s first great period, in the 14th-century. There survives at least one other drawing from the series. Their subjects, lunette format and monumental conception, suggest that they were pre-paratory for the fresco decoration of a Genoese palace. Although no such cycle by Castello is known, Lazzaro Tavarone did execute one in the Palazzo Cattaneo-Adorno in 1624. Castello’s drawings could well have served as models in a competition for that project.