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Drawing - An angel with a sword passing over a group of dead or stricken people
  • An angel with a sword passing over a group of dead or stricken people
    Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto
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An angel with a sword passing over a group of dead or stricken people

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1647 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash

  • Museum number:

    CAI.829

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case IONIDES, shelf 20

Physical description

Pen and ink and wash drawing depicting an angel with a sword passing over a group of dead or stricken people, possibly the death of the first-born in Egypt (Exodus I I: 1-8 and 12: 29-42).

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)

Date

1647 (made)

Artist/maker

Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash

Dimensions

Height: 254 mm, Width: 374 mm

Descriptive line

Pen and wash drawing by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, known as Il Grechetto, depicting an angel with a sword passing over a group of dead or stricken people. Italy, 1647.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings, Volume Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, p.35 , cat. n. 666, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

CASTIGLIONE, GIOVANNI BENEDETTO
known as il Grechetto
(c. 1610-63/65)
666
An angel with a sword passing over a group of dead or stricken people: possibly the death of the first-born in Egypt (Exodus I I: 1-8 and 12: 29-42)
Inscribed in ink '47'
Pen and ink and wash
10 X 14 3/4 (254 x 374) CAI.829
PROVENANCE Robt Cole (the name is stamped, blind, in the bottom left corner); Ionides Bequest 1901 (Lugt 488)
LITERATURE Ionides Catalogue, p. 19 (as anonymous)
Catalogued till lately as anonymous, 18th century, but manifestly by Castiglione. Among the touches characteristic of him are the square, wide open mouths, filled with vertical shading like a grill, and the short parallel hatching lines placed in small bunches close together. Another characteristic feature is the contorted attitude of the corpse on the left. A corpse in exactly the same posture occurs in a drawing of Tobit burying the dead attributed to Castiglione in the Witt Collection (Courtauld Institute, London; illustrated in A. Blunt, 'A Poussin-Castiglione problem' in The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 3, 1939-40, p. 144, pI. 27b). Both drawings may be included in that group of pen and wash drawings which Blunt dates about 1640-45 (Blunt, Castiglione, pp. 30-1, nos. 18-30).

Materials

Pen and ink

Techniques

Wash; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Deaths; Death; Swords; Angels

Categories

Drawings; Death

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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