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A Pagan Sacrifice

A work made of oil paint on tan laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of oil paint on tan laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper.

Date:

c. 1645–50

Artist:

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Italian, 1609-1664

About this artwork

This monumental painting on paper, formerly in the collection of Lord Kenneth Clark, is a superb example of Castiglione’s mature style. It demonstrates not only the impact of artists he encountered in Rome, such as Rubens and Poussin, but also the audacious technical innovations he initiated, painting fluently with pigment and oil on paper. The obscure pagan subject was undoubtedly aimed at a select and erudite Roman audience.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Title

A Pagan Sacrifice

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

1645–1650

Medium

Oil paint on tan laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper

Dimensions

57.6 × 42.5 cm (22 11/16 × 16 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1968.77

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