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
Complete series of seven plates depicting
representing the deadly sins;
The series may have been executed after
Callot's return in Nancy, or while he was
still in Florence;
some of the figures are indeed reminiscent
of the demons in the temptation of St
Anthony he engraved during his stay in the
Reference: Lieure 354-360 ( II / IV and I /
Early states before publishers
addresses and numbers added in later states
but with the signature I.Callot on Superbia.
The states before the signature of I.Callot
is mentioned R.R.R. by Lieure (extremely
Important valuable work, you will hardly find
a complete series in this quality and this early state even in Museum
Guaranteed early impressions Etching with some
Les sept peches
The complete series
of 7 in early state
L.354 ( II / IV )
figure, elegantly dressed, walking to right and looking into a
mirror; demon hovering over her; peacock at her feet, on the right;
on white ground. c.1618/25.
L.355 ( I / II )
figure in classical armour, with shield and sword, arms
outstretched; with demon hovering over, and lion at his feet; on
white ground. c.1618/25.
L.356 ( I / II )
figure with hair ending up in snakes, and with snake coiled around
right arm, walking to right whilst eating an apple; with demon
hovering over, and dog preceding her; on white ground. c.1618/25.
L.357 ( I / II )
Avarice: old female figure, turned to right, holding a bag of coins
and looking at one through spectacles; with demon hovering over, and
toad and riches at his feet; on white ground. c.1618/25.
L.358 ( I / II )
figure walking to left and holding a goblet in right hand and a wine
bottle in left hand; with demon hovering over, and boar at her feet;
on white ground. c.1618/25
L.359 ( I / II )
Lust: nude female
figure wrapped in drapery, standing with a bird perched on her right
hand; with demon hovering over, and goat at her feet; on white
L.360 ( I / II )
figure, seated beside a donkey, and sleeping; a demon hovering over
her, and another seated on the right; on white ground. c.1618/25.
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