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

Les pénitents et pénitentes

Complete series of six plates depicting male and female penitents.
Five plates by Callot, title page by Abraham Bosse.

Gathered by Henriet and published by him in 1632. The set is unfinished.

Reference: Lieure 1315-1319 ( II / II )
These are good early impressions from the first state available on the market,
as the first state before the text is only known from three pieces in the British Museum (L.137-1318-1319)

Important valuable work, you will hardly find a complete series in this quality and this early state even in Museum collections.

Guaranteed original Callot                 Guaranteed early impressions     Etching with some engraving.

Les sept peches capitaux The complete series of 7 in early state L.1315-1319
L.1315 ( II / II ) S. Ioannes
The infant Baptist kneeling at the bottom of a tree, and praying before an open book. c.1632
Meaume 147
Catafalque adorned with burning goblets, scourge and birch. c.1632 This title etching was done by Abraham Bosse. Llikely this was done after Callot's death at the occasion of the publication of the series and in honour of the death of the artist.
L.1319 ( II / II )
S. Franciscus

St Francis of Assisi kneeling in landscape, with his arms outstretched; monk sleeping in the foreground



L.1316 ( II / II )
S. Magdalena


L.1317 ( II / II )
Mors Sanctae Magdalenae

Death of St Mary Magdalene, lying in a cave, her back resting on a rock. c.1632

L.1318 ( II / II )
S. Hieronimus

St Jerome kneeling in rocky landscape, with skull set upon crucifix in the foreground, and lion running to the left; before letter. c.1632

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