Category: Il Grechetto

Detail of the god Pan and two satyrs, from an etching by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto. Italian, c. 1645. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

From the Met:

In the 1640s, Castiglione produced a group of etchings that bring to life the world of Theocritus’ Idylls and Virgil’s Eclogues, in which Pan is frequently invoked as lord of the flocks and patron of pastoral poetry. In this etching, the resting god, wearing his usual crown of pine, receives a second crown of grape leaves. The volcano must be Etna, for the rustic verse of both the Greek Theocritus (ca. 300–260 B.C.) and the Roman Virgil (70–19 B.C.) is set in Sicily.

Pan Reclining at Left with Two Standing Satyrs, a Large Vase on a Pedestal at Right by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto

Italian, c. 1645

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Bacchanal Before an Altar of the Gods by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto

Italian, c. 1645

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Detail of Circe from an etching by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto. Italian, 1650-1651. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

A Satyr Reclining at the Foot of a Statue of Priapus, Goats at the Right by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto

Italian, c. 1645-1648

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Detail of a satyr beneath a statue of Priapus, from an etching by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto. Italian, c. 1645-1648. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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Although this work was etched in Castiglione’s native Genoa, the concentration on a mythological subject in a large lush landscape exposes the influence of the French painter Nicolas Poussin, whom the artist likely met while working in Rome in the 1630s.

Theseus Finding His Father’s Arms by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto

Italian, 1645 (published 1648)

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Diogenes in Search of an Honest Man by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, known as Il Grechetto

Italian, c. 1645-1647

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Circe Changing the Companions of Ulysses into Beasts by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto

Italian, 1650-1651

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