17th Century: Original Jacques Callot engravings

 Jacques Callot                                                                   Israel Silvestre         

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

The four Landscapes  (1617 -1618)

From a group of etchings : Lieure 264-267
9,00 by 21,50 cm

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The Garden ( L.264)

The Large Miseries of War (1633)

From a group of 18 etchings : Lieure 1339-1356
8,20 by 18,70 cm

The Stake ( L.1351 II / III )
A second state still with the address of Israel and before the name of Callot
Enjoy the quality of an early state of this spectacular etching

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The Beggars (1622 - 1623)

From a group of 25 etchings : Lieure 479-503)
13,80 by 8,80 cm

The Crippled Beggar ( L.488, first state )
A fine early impression with good plate tone and wide margins.
Balli di Sfessania (1621 - 1622)

From a group of 24 etchings : Lieure 379-402
7,30 by 9,20 cm

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Pasquariello Truonno - Meo Squaquara ( L.398 I / II )
First state on two, before the number.

The Great Passion  (1618 -1622)

From a group of 7 etchings : Lieure 281-287
11,50 by 21,50 cm

The Last Supper (L.282)
I / III, before the address of Silvestre

Christ before Pilate ( L.283)
I / II with double C watermark

Presentation to the People ( L.285)
I / II with double C watermark

The Life of the Virgin

From a group of 16etchings : Lieure 1357-1371
6,90 by 4,60 cm

The Assumption of the Virgin
L.1370 ( III / III )

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The Complete Caprices  (1617 -1622)

From a group of 50 etchings : Lieure 427-477
5,50 by 8,00 cm

 Early Nancy impressions. First states, before the number.


Handball on the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence
L.477 ( I / II ), with nice margins

Combat of Gladiators in the Ruins of an Amphitheater
L.470 ( I / II ), with collectors mark on te backside

Inn Scene
L.466 ( I / II )

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Officer on Horseback, with Battle Scene
L.468 ( I / II ), with nice margins

Officer on Foot, with Battle Scene
L.467 ( I / II )

The Complete Small Apostles (1635)

From a group of 17etchings : Lieure 1386-1401
7,00 by 4,30 cm

All except L.1392 in nice full sheets of 16,50 by 10,50 cm with the two original pine holes in the top margin

The Martyrdom of St. Thomas
L.1392 ( II / IV )

The Martyrdom of St. Philip
L.1394 ( II / IV )

The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew
L.1395 ( II / IV )

The Martyrdom of St. Simon
L.1396 ( II / IV )

The Martyrdom of St. Thaddaeus
L.1398 ( II / IV )

The Martyrdom of St. Barnabas
L.1401 ( II / IV )

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