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Title

Diogenes seeking an honest man


Artist

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Italy

1609 - 05 May 1664


About

Castiglione worked in Genoa as a painter and printmaker. His etchings are particularly indebted to Rembrandt and they in turn influenced such artists as Tiepolo and Fragonard. This etching, in which the left arm of Diogenes has been left unfinished, represents some of the most traditional elements of Castiglione’s iconography: the vase, the half-bust sculpture, the animals, the ox skull. The story of Diogenes the Cynic who searched with a lantern at midday for an honest man, is told by Diogenes Laërtius in his ‘Lives of philosophers’.


Details


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

234.1979


Artist information

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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