Giani Castiglioni

1917 - 2005

Artist biography

Giani Castiglioni was a visual artist, Born in 1917, Giani Castiglioni passed away in 2005. Artists Israel Becker, Edouard Arthur, René Alleau, Harrison Begay, and Cai Guangfu are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Giani Castiglioni

Giani Castiglioni was born in 1917 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1930s growing up. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterised the political atmosphere of the era. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Giani Castiglioni

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