Princes and Paupers

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The Art of Jacques Callot

Dena M. Woodall and Diane Wolfthal; With contributions by Carolyn Van Wingerden and Julie Knutson

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The full spectrum of society springs to life in the detailed etchings of Jacques Callot (1592–1635). This acclaimed French printmaker trained in Italy and later worked as a court artist for Cosimo II de’ Medici in Florence. Callot revolutionized printmaking by developing the process of hard-ground etching, and he applied his technical skills to depicting the world around him.

The extraordinary etchings featured in this book testify to Callot’s mastery of sacred and profane imagery. The authors delve into Callot’s techniques and subjects, ranging from humorous scenes inspired by commedia dell’arte to noble feasts, biblical events, and even the horrors of war. They also explore how the artist used characters from opposite ends of society to expose the complexities and injustices of his time. With his keen sense of observation, Callot held a mirror to European culture of the early 1600s, revealing both its tragic and humorous aspects.

Dena M. Woodall is assistant curator of prints and drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Diane Wolfthal is the David and Caroline Minter Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Art History at Rice University.


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston(01/31/13–05/05/13)

ISBN: 9780300185058
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
160 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
126 b/w illus.
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