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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was born on March 23rd, 1609, in Genoa, Italy. He started his studies in art by looking into the work of Peter Paul Rubens. He got instruction from Anthony van Dyck when he worked in his studio in 1621. In 1634 Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione moved to Rome and stayed there for ten years. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was known for his religious paintings and etchings. He also frequently painted animals, portraits, and rural landscapes. He was also known for being a volatile human being at times. He was in court multiple times throughout his life, and his actions even resulted in expulsion from Rome. He returned to Genoa in 1648 and worked with Rubens at the Mantuan court to paint. He also started getting into printmaking and is likely the man who invented the monotype technique. Monotype is a singular printed image originating from a plate with paint or ink applied to it. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was highly influential to European artists, especially those who painted animals. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione died on May 5th, 1664. Meta description: Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was known for his religious paintings and etchings. He also frequently painted animals, portraits, and rural landscapes.

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