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Castello, Bernardo

Genoa, h. 1557 - Genoa, 1629

Castello was taught by Andrea Semino (c. 1526-1594) and subsequently by Luca Cambiaso (1527-1585); when the latter artist moved to Madrid in 1583, Castello emerged as one of Genoa’s leading painters. Around this time he painted the Stoning of St. Stephen (Palermo, S. Giorgio dei Genovesi), which was copied from Giulio Romano (c. 1499-1546). But Cambiaso’s influence had been so intrinsic to his development that Castello remained faithful to his style throughout his career. Other influences came from time spent in Rome, and in Florence where in 1588 he joined the Accademia del Disegno. Among his paintings in Genoa are the St. Ursula and the Ten Thousand Crucifixes (1590; S. Maria delle Vigne) and his most significant work, the Martyrdom of St. Peter Martyr (1597; S. Maria di Castello). Also in and around Genoa, Castello executed numerous fresco decorations such as those in the Villa Lomellini Rostan (1583) at Multedo and at the Palazzo Spinola (1592-1593). In 1604 he was called to Rome, there to paint for St. Peter's an altarpiece depicting the Calling of St. Peter, but this was soon replaced. On a later trip to Rome, Castello executed frescoes in the Palazzo del Quirinale and in the Palazzo Rospigliosi Pallavicino (1616) (Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 166).

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