Castello, Bernardo (1557-1629; Italian), attributed to
Study of Male Figure representing St Luke
Pen and wash, c. 30.5 x 17.8 cm
Gift of Eliezer Montefiore, 1869
Unidentified; present location unknown

The artist, also known as Castelli (and listed thus in NGV 1894 and 1905), worked mainly in his native Liguria. He was the father of the Genoese Baroque painter Valerio Castello (1624-59), whose Susanna and the Elders (attributed) was bought for the NGV, through the Felton Bequest, in 1928.


NGV 1894, V.ii.18; NGV 1905, V.ii.8 (size given as 12 x 7 inches)

This drawing appears in Dictionary of Italian artists [Victoria] (1984), p.32, as still in the NGV (as St Luke, 29.5 x 17.2 cm). However, it is not listed in the current NGV catalogue

For the artist, see AKL 17 (1997), pp.202-4; Bénézit 3, p.563; and For his son’s Susanna, see Hoff (1995), p.53, and