Lost Genius

I don’t know about anyone else but I have never really given much thought to who invents an artistic technique, if any one person does? So I was fascinated to watch a BBC 4 programme on the Italian Baroque artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione who is the subject of an exhibition consisting of 90 of his drawings and prints at the Queen’s Gallery in London

He was called the second Rembrandt because of his etchings and it was his experiments with inks and oils that led him to combine drawing and printing to make Monotype prints. It was the only printing technique to originate in Italy. According to the programme it wasn’t until Degas 250 years later that this technique was used again. They had a short demonstration with the artist Hughie O’Donoghue who made a monotype of a horses skull.

You can read a review of the exhibition here.


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