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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
Not on display
Further information

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’.

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