Original Jacques Callot engravings
Jacques Callot The
Jacques Callot (1592-1632) was
one of the earliest great creative artists to practice the graphic arts
exclusively. His career can be divided into two periods: an Italian period, c.
1609-1621, and a Lorraine period from 1621 until his death. Callot studied the
technique of engraving under Phillipe Thomasin in Rome. About 1612 he joined
Guilio Parigi in Florence. At that time Medici patronage expended itself almost
exclusively on "feste," and both Parigi and Callot were employed by Cosimo II
(de Medici) to create visual records of these entertainments. Callots
compositions are organized as if they were a stage setting and reduced the
figures to a tiny scale, each one being rendered by the fewest possible strokes.
This required an extremely fine etching technique. Callot enjoyed a lasting
popularity all over Europe. He returned to Nancy after Cosimo*s death in 1621.
During the Lorraine period Callot illustrated sacred books, made a series of
plates of the Apostles, and visited Paris to make animated maps of the sieges of
La Rochelle and the Ile de RČ. Callot was one of the first etchers to used the
technique of repeated biting, and sometimes combined graver work with etching
figure gobbi di Iacopo Callot / Gobbi
a set of twenty-one plates (a title and twenty
representations of dwarfs).
Although the title is dated 1616 on plate, Mariette,
followed by most modern scholars, thinks the
compositions were designed in Florence, but engraved and
published in Nancy (between 1621-1625). The fact that
the state bearing 'excudit Nanceij' is the earliest
known tends to corroborate this hypothesis.
below are from the first state before the publishers address of I. Silvestre
and before the number in the second state.
Important valuable work, you will hardly find
a selection like this on the market elsewhere.
Guaranteed early impressions
L.279 ( I / II )
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