A Congress of Animals

Giovanni Francesco Castiglione (Italian, Genoa 1641–1710 Genoa)

Pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor, over traces of black chalk
8-1/8 x 12-1/8 in. (20.7 x 30.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower border, Francesco Castiglione in graphite at lower border of old mount, B. West's.

  • Provenance

    "Reliable Venetian Hand" ; Benjamin West (American, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 1738–1820 London)- according to annotation on old mount; William Esdaile (British, 1758–1837 London); Sir James Knowles (British, Reigate 1831–1908 Brighton)(his sale); Christie's, London, May 28, 1908 (unidentified lot); Vendor: Through Roger Eliot Fry (British, Highgate, Middlesex 1866–1934 London)

  • References

    Roger Eliot Fry "Recent Acquisitions of Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 4, no. 1, New York, January 1909, p. 7.

    Alessandro Bettagno Disegni di una collezione veneziana del Settecento Exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. Venice, 1966, cat. no. 50, ill.

    Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, Vol. II: The Seventeenth Century in Italy. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgan Library & Museum, New York, February 23-April 22, 1967, cat. no. 118, ill.

    Ann Percy Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1971, cat. no. 121, fig. no. 121, pp. 129-130, ill.

    Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turcic 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 114, fig. no. 114, p. 85, ill.

    Carmen C. Bambach, Nadine Orenstein, William M. Griswold, Allegra Pesenti Genoa: Drawings and Prints, 1530-1800 Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1996, cat. no. 27, p. 31.

    David Klemm Die Sammlungen der Hamburger Kunsthalle Kupferstichkabinett, vol. 2, Italienische Zeichnungen, 1450-1800. Köln, Weimar, Vienna, 2009, cat. no. under cat. 146.

    Linda Wolk-Simon, Carmen C. Bambach An Italian Journey. Drawings from the Tobey Collection: Correggio to Tiepolo Ex. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (May 12 - August 15, 2010). New York, 2010, (entry by L. Wolk-Simon), fig. no. 60.2, pp. 194-96, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum