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Finding aid for the Jacques Callot etchings, ca. 1615-1635
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French etcher and engraver (1592-1635). The 429 prints in this collection represent approximately one-third of Callot's works. These prints reflect Callot's major themes of religion, theater, genre, allegory, and war, and many are rendered in his characteristically miniature format. All prints are etchings except for one set of engravings; some etchings include engraving.
Jacques Callot was born in 1592 in Nancy, the capital of the duchy of Lorraine. His parents were part of the court circle, his father being herald-at-arms to the Duke of Lorraine and a member of the Duke's bodyguard of archers. When Charles III died in 1608, Callot's father was placed in charge of the obsequies, thus presaging Callot's own royal activities later in life. Callot received his first instruction from Claude Henriet, the court painter, in 1606. He was then taught by Demenge Crocq, a silversmith and engraver who also made ornamental designs on paper. According to André Félibien's Entretiens sur la vie et sur les ouvrages des plus excellents peintres anciens et modernes (1666), Callot learned his trade in Remigio Cantagallina's workshop in Florence after running away to Italy with a band of Bohemian gypsies.
429.0 prints (4 boxes)
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