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* Giovanni Battista Castello
Genoa 1549 - 1639
THE PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 13,200 USD
JUMP TO LOT
57
* Giovanni Battista Castello
Genoa 1549 - 1639
THE PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 13,200 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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* Giovanni Battista Castello
Genoa 1549 - 1639
GENOA 1549 - 1639
THE PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN

dated in brown ink, on the stone step: 1589.;
signed with monogram, dated and inscribed in brown ink, on vellum attached to backing board: BC 1589/genova


gouache heightened with gold, over black chalk on vellum, laid down on board, backed with vellum
241 by 180mm; 9 1/2 by 7 1/16 in
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Catalogue Note

Giovanni Battista Castello was one of the most renowned miniaturists of his time.  In the 1580s, he was commissioned to illuminate the choir books of El Escorial by King Philip II of Spain, probably on the recommendation of his teacher, Luca Cambiaso, who was working in Spain in 1584.  However, as may be seen from the inscription on the backing, Castello had returned to Genoa by 1589.  This is one of the earliest known miniatures by the artist.   

Old Master Drawings

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New York