17th Century: Original Jacques Callot engravings

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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 R. Callot was one of the first etchers to used the technique of repeated biting, and sometimes combined graver work with etching


LA GRANDE PASSION

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 been found.

The 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 of 'Silvestre'
The guidelines for the text still visible in L.283 en L.286 confirm these are very early impressions.
The watermarks on L.282 (N30= interlaced C's)  and L.285 (N39= Le Lion a L'toile) are described by Lieure.

Important valuable work, you will hardly find a complete series like this on the market elsewhere.

Guaranteed original Callot                 Guaranteed early impressions

La Grande Passion The complete series of 7 in early states (I / III ), ( II / VI )

L.281 ( II / IV )
LE LAVEMENT DES PIEDS

L.282 ( I / III )
LA CENE
L.283 ( I / II )
LA CONDANNATION A MORT
L.284 ( I-II / IV ) (no text line)
LE COURONNEMENT D'EPINES
L.285 ( I-II/ III )
LLA PRESENTATION AU PEUPLE
L.286 ( II / III )
LE PORTEMENT DE CROIX
L.287 ( I / II ) 
LE CRUCIFIEMENT

 

La Grande Passion Duplicates from some plates
 
L.282 ( I / III )
LA CENE
L.283 ( I / II )
LA CONDANNATION A MORT - Watermark N30
L.285 ( I / III )
LA PRESENTATION AU PEUPLE - Watermark N30
L.286 ( I / III )
LE PORTEMENT DE CROIX - Watermark N30

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