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The Sacrifice of Noah; standing before the altar with various sacrificial animals in the foreground
Brown oil paint, on light brown paper
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Height: 402 millimetres
Width: 553 millimetres
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- This subject was frequently treated by Castiglione in paintings and drawings (for a list of some of these see Percy, under no. 91). As Mary Newcome points out the drawing is close to a painting, probably by a studio hand, in the Athens Museum (92.297). The composition of the two works is almost identical, and the only notable differences in the drawing relate to the number and position of the animals, except for the ostrich, cow and the two monkeys on the stool which are more or less unchanged. In the Athens painting there is a leaping monkey to the left of the stool, but in the drawing the animal has been replaced by two hares which also appear in an autograph 'Sacrifice of Noah' drawing in the Louvre (Percy, no. 2, p. 62). A drawing of the 'Sacrifice of Noah' in the National Gallery of Canada with a prominently placed ostrich in the right foreground is similar to the present one in technique and handling, but of slightly superior quality, see exhib. cat., Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada', 1988-9, no. 11.
Martin Clayton on a visit to the BM (12 June 2013) was inclined to think this was autograph.
Lit.: A. Percy, in exhib. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 'Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Master Draughtsman of the Italian Baroque', 1971, under no. 91 (as studio)
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