The Father of Monotype

I wonder what I would be doing today if it wasn't for the 16th century Italian artist and print maker Giovanni Bennedetto Castiglone who was credited with being the creator of monotype art.

Born in March of 1609, and died May 1664, Castiglone is credited with being the first to take a smooth featureless surface, apply oily ink or paint with a brush or roller, cover with paper and using pressure, be able to transfer that image to the paper. In doing so he created a new art form that falls somewhere between painting and printmaking. Over the past 350 years since being discovered, it still remains a 'new kid on the block' compared to the big boys on campus - painting and printmaking, but it will forever hold a preeminent place in my heart.