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Il Bergamasco

Gandino, Bergamo, ca. 1509 - Madrid, 1569

Giovanni Battista Castello began his career as a goldsmith's apprentice in the workshop of his father, specializing from the beginning as a painter of miniatures. Later Castello became the associate and friend of the younger painter Cambiaso (1527-1585), with whom he worked on a number of projects in Genoa, from c. 1560 right up until his departure for Spain in c. 1566-1567. There he was employed by Philip II, working on the first phase of the pictorial decorations of the Escorial. In the short period of his activity in Spain, his accomplishments were wide-ranging. Not only was he given charge of a large workshop of architects, craftsmen, painters, sculptors, stuccoists, and gilders, but he provided architectural and pictorial designs not just for the Escorial but for other royal residences, including El Pardo, Madrid, Segovia, Aranjuez, and Toledo (Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 84).

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