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Etching - Circe Changing Ulysses' Men into Beasts

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1970P73
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1650 c - 1650 c

Maker Information

Artist:Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione - View biography for Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione


Like his contemporary Rembrandt, Castiglione regarded prints as having their own expressive language. His works focus on mythical and religious subjects as a vehicle for ethical and moral issues. At the same time, Castiglione exploited any opportunity to depict his personal interest in animals and exotic costume. The figure of Circe had already been represented in two paintings. Here the sorceress, in her most famous appearance from Homer's 'Odyssey', casts a spell on Ulysses' men.

Purchased from P and D Colnaghi Co Ltd, London and presented by the Public Picture Gallery Fund with funds from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1970.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style: School


Height:223 mm
Width:312 mm