About this artwork
Reflecting on his own prolific creativity, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione creates a rich allegory. Fame is personified as a reclining half-nude male youth holding a trumpet. In the upper left, a winged infant blows a horn and points to a crown of laurel leaves, a symbol of immortality. Futility (foul and rabbit) and artistic creativity (pallet, brushes, and sheet music) are at Fame’s feet.
Heralded as one of the most creative etchers in Italy, Castiglione was inspired by Dutch artists’ work, particularly the etchings of Rembrandt van Rijn, whose prints were imported from Amsterdam to Genoa by Dutch dealers.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
- The Genius of Castiglione
- Published 1648
- Etching in black on ivory laid paper
- 370 × 242 mm
- The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection