Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (Il Grechetto) (Italian, Genoa 1609–1664 Mantua)
Sheet: 7 7/8 × 15 3/4 in. (20 × 40 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1917
Not on view
The entry of the animals into Noah’s ark was one of Castiglione’s favorite themes, which he painted, drew, and printed throughout his career. The story allowed the artist to depict a lively assortment of animals: pairs of deer, cows, sheep, and even guinea pigs make their way to the ark barely delineated in the far ground. A lone horse in the midst of the throng dominates the composition. This etching demonstrates a controlled use of Rembrandt-esque chiaroscuro, which creates dramatic effects through the contrast of light and shadow
Inscription: Inscribed on plate lower left: "CASTILONE / GEIEP"
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 9–August 7, 2017.