The Great Last Judgement
Oil on Canvas, 606 x 460 cm.
Alte Pinakothek, Munich.
Giuseppe Castiglione, also known as Lang Shining (郎世寧), was born on July 19, 1688, in the central San Marcellino district of Milan, Italy, the site of a renowned Botteghe degli Stampator painting studio.
At the age of 27, he received instructions to go to China, and, on the journey, did wall paintings in Jesuit churches in Coimbra (Portugal) and Macao.
Castiglione’s style was based on the emphasis on color, perspective, and light found in Italian Renaissance art. In China, where Castiglione went by the Chinese name Lang Shining, he came to the attention of the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736-1795) and served as an artist for the court. Castiglione eventually became a respected painter and earned the appreciation of the Qianlong emperor, which was a considerable honor for a foreign artist at the time. Following the taste and tradition of painting in China, Castiglione was able to forge a new style that combined elements with his Western training in art.
Glory of Saint Ignatius Loyola and the Missionary Work of the Jesuit Order
Italy (c. 1688)
Fresco, Chiesa di Sant’ Ignazio, Rome, Italy.
f. 233: Defeat of the Saracens by Phillip
Illuminated Manuscript, 425 x 310.
f. 11r: The story of Abraham and Sarah
Norfolk, England (c. 1375)
The British Library.
Esther Crowned [another photo here]
Italy (c. 1556)
Oil on Canvas, 540 x 370 cm.
Chiesa di San Sebastiano, Venice.
King Ahasuerus Condemning Haman
Netherlands (c. 1680)
Oil on Canvas, 80.5 x 96.5 cm.
The Baptism of the Eunuch
Holland (c. 1653)
Oil on canvas, 117 x 171 cm.
Anglesey Abbey, The Fairhaven Collection