GIOVANNI BENEDETTO CASTIGLIONE CALLED IL GRECHETTO
Genoa 1609 - 1664 Mantua
Noah shepherding the animals onto the ark
oil on canvas
135.5 x 188 cm.; 53⅜ x 74 in.
The canvas has a firm re-lining, the paint surface is dirty, and the varnish is slightly discoloured and uneven. There is evidence of wear throughout, most notably in the sky, which also has an extensive campaign of visible retouching. There is also visible retouching along two vertical stretcher marks along the central axis, which run the height of the canvas. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, and reveals further retouchings: along all four margins, in the cock lower left, in the mountains centre left, in the cow’s head lower right, in the blue cloth upper right, and in Noah’s proper right sleeve. There are further spots scattered throughout. In overall moderate condition. Offered in a plain gilt wood frame with losses.
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In a Spanish private collection since the early 20th century.
Much of Castiglione's œuvre depicts scenes of the journeys of the patriarchs (e.g. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), but the entry of the animals into Noah's ark was his favourite theme; Castiglione's treatments of this pastoral journey, always filled with animals and still life details, span his entire lifetime.