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 RÈ. Callot was one of the first etchers to used the
technique of repeated biting, and sometimes combined graver work with etching
Complete series of seven plates depicting
episodes of the Passion.
The compositions were probably designed in
Florence and engraved over several years,
from 1619 to 1624, with the likely help of
his workshop on some of the plates.
The set was meant to include more than just
seven plates: there are 13 preparatory
drawings, plus the Last Supper, which has
been engraved but for which no sketch has
etchings below are from an early states. The
first state available on the market.
There is occasionally only state before but that was
'before the text'
The states are before the publishers address
The guidelines for the text still visible in
L.283 en L.286 confirm these are very early
The watermarks on L.282 (N°30= interlaced
C's) and L.285 (N°39= Le Lion a
L'étoile) are described by Lieure.
Important valuable work, you will hardly find
a complete series like this on the market elsewhere.
Guaranteed early impressions
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