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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 311

    Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, il Grechetto Genoa 1609-1665 Mantua

    Circe

    Price Realised  

    Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, il Grechetto Genoa 1609-1665 Mantua
    Circe
    oil on paper laid down on canvas, oval
    16¼ x 13 in. 41.1 x 32.9 cm.


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    Circe was a favorite subject of Castiglione in the early 1650s. Large-scale paintings of this theme, replete with extravagant animal and still life elements, can be found in the collection of the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan; the Sanguineti collection, Genoa; and the Sovrano collection, Malta, among others. This small painting is likely a study for those works.