Giannino Castiglioni

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Giannino Castiglioni
Born(1884-05-04)4 May 1884
Milan, Italy
Died27 August 1971(1971-08-27) (aged 87)
Lierna, Italy
EducationAccademia di Belle Arti di Brera
Known forsculpture, medals
MovementArt Nouveau

Giannino Castiglioni (4 May 1884 – 27 August 1971) was an Italian sculptor and medallist.[1] He worked mostly in monumental and funerary sculpture; his style was representational, and far from the modernist and avant-garde trends of the early twentieth century.[2]


Art Nouveau silver medallion for the Milan International Exhibition 1906; the obverse shows the Simplon Tunnel

Giannino Castiglioni was born on 4 May 1884 in Milan, the son of Giacomo Castiglioni and Piera Bergamaschi. His father was director of the Stefano Johnson mint in that city.[3]

Castiglioni studied sculpture under Enrico Butti at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. He first exhibited at the Milan International Exhibition in 1906, where he showed medals, a plaster statue and a painting.[4] He married Livia Bolla, with whom he had three children: Livio (b. 1911), Pier Giacomo (b. 1913) and Achille (b. 1918). He opened a large studio on the Corso di Porta Nuova.[2]

In 1927 Castiglioni opened a second studio at his house in Lierna, on Lake Como. He died in Lierna on 27 August 1971.[4]


From 1922 until 1928 Castiglioni worked on the plaster casts for friezes and monumental sculptures for the Palacio Legislativo of Montevideo, Uruguay; these were shipped to Uruguay, and the bronze or marble sculptures were made there. In the Fascist era he worked on sculptures for war cemeteries and monuments to the dead of the First World War including the military memorial of Monte Grappa (1935) in the Veneto; the Tempio Ossario di Timau (1937) in the comune of Paluzza, Udine; the military ossuary of Caporetto, now Kobarid, Slovenia; and the war memorial of Redipuglia (1938) in the province of Gorizia.[4] In 1941 he made the tomb of Pope Pius XI in the Vatican Grottoes.[citation needed]


Castiglioni won the competition for the prize medal at the Milan International Exhibition in 1906. In 1922 he won the international competition to provide sculptures for the Palacio Legislativo of Montevideo.[4] He left some of his preparatory plaster casts to the comune of Lierna; a museum is to house them is under construction.[5]

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  1. ^ Castiglioni Giannino in: Lorioli, Biographies of Italian Medallists and Engravers (in Italian). Retrieved 19 May 2014 Archived 19 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Carlo Livio Castiglioni (2007). Lo "Studio Castiglioni" – Una storia lunga un secolo (in Italian). Fondazione Achille Castiglioni. Archived 2 January 2014.
  3. ^ Johnson Stefano – Stabilimento in: Lorioli Medaglie (in Italian). Retrieved 31 December 2013 Archived 2 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d Giovanna Rosso Del Brenna (1979). Castiglioni, Giannino (in Italian). Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Volume 22. Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana. Retrieved 31 December 2013
  5. ^ Museo Giannino Castiglioni (in Italian). Provincia di Como e Provincia di Lecco: Accessed September 2015.