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"Castiglione: Lost Genius - Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection" accompanies the exhibition at the Denver Art Museum on view August 9 through November 8, 2015.

Although skilled as a painter, it was Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione’s mastery as an etcher, his status as the inventor of the monotype, and above all his extraordinary oil sketches on paper that secured his critical acclaim. But even during his lifetime (1609-64), Castiglione’s turbulent private life disrupted his career, and though highly esteemed during the century after his death, he fell from fame altogether in the modern era.

In this book, the first full study of Castiglione in over twenty years, leading Castiglione scholars Timothy J. Standring and Martin Clayton restore to prominence this forgotten master of the Italian Baroque. Drawing from extensive new research into court records and other documents, their narrative brings to light a truly temperamental artistic personality while focusing on Castiglione’s working methods-a blurring of the boundaries of painting and drawing. Standring and Clayton position Castiglione as one of the most original artists of the entire seventeenth century.

Timothy J. Standring is the Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Denver Art Museum and the leading authority on the works of Castiglione.

Martin Clayton is Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. He has published extensively on the drawings in the Royal Collection.

Castiglione: Lost Genius
by Timothy J. Standring and Martin Clayton
Published by the Royal Collection Trust

Paperback, 10 x 11 inches
176 pages, with 138 color illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 909741 27 0
Available exclusively at The Shops at the Denver Art Museum.

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