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An image of Diogenes seeking an honest man by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

(Italy baptized 23 March 1609 – 05 May 1664)

Title
Diogenes seeking an honest man
Year
1645-1647
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Dimensions

21.8 x 30.5 cm platemark; 24.1 x 32.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
234.1979
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

In the 1640s Castiglione returned to his native Genoa where he made several etchings. When he returned to Rome in 1647 he brought along his etched plates with him where they were published by Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi. The Cynic philosopher Diogenes is described walking around Athens carrying a lamp in broad daylight. When asked why, he answered that he was looking for an honest man.

Bibliography (3)

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 4. no catalogue numbers

Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pg. 3-5, Sydney, 1991, 4, 7. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (5)

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014