Jacques Callot, Birth of the Virgin from Life of the Virgin, c. 1632 – 1633
Signed Jacques Callot engraving, Birth of the Virgin from Life of the Virgin, c. 1632 – 1633
|Artist:||Jacques Callot (1592 - 1635)|
|Title:||Birth of the Virgin from Life of the Virgin, c. 1632 – 1633|
|Image Size:||2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (7 in x 4.4 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (7 in x 4.4 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 15 in x 13 in (38.1 cm x 33 cm)|
|Signature:||Signed in the plate in the lower left 'Callot fecit' and in the lower right 'Israel excudit.'|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition; trimmed along the plate mark.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
This small scale work conveys in intricate detail the birth of the Virgin Mary.
The baby Mary rests in the lower center fawned over adoringly by handmaidens, while her mother lies in the upper left, weary from childbirth. At the top of the composition, angels swoop down holding hands in a circular formation, perhaps hinting at the holiness of this monumental event. Callot uses cross hatched lines to create a sense of depth and perspective within this tiny composition. Despite the size of the work, the composition feels spacious, as we gather a sense of the room and surroundings in which the Virgin was born.
Created c. 1632 – 1633, this piece is signed in the plate in the lower left ‘Callot fecit’ and in the lower right ‘Israel excudit.’ Also annotated in the plate beneath the image ‘Natimitas Marice Virginis’ in the lower center.
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Schroder, Thomas. Jacques Callot: Das gesamte Werk Druckgraphik. Munich, Verlag Rogner & Bernhard GMBH. Volume 2 listed as plate 1352.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Museum-grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
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The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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Find original etchings and engravings by French artist Jacques Callot, who traveled to Italy. His personal idiom mixes the commedia dell'arte with images of beggars and the picaresque.
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Jacques Callot Biography
French engraver and draughtsman. Jacques Callot went to Italy when he was in his teens and, working in Rome and then in Florence at the court of the Grand Duke Cosimc II (1590-1621), he learned to combine the sophisticated techniques and exaggerations of late Mannerism with witty and acute observation into a brilliantly expressive idiom. Returning to France in 1621 he became one of the chief exponents of the bizarre and grotesque which came into vogue in the reign of Louis XIII (1601-43). Most of the remainder of his career was spent in his native Nancy, but he also worked in Paris and the Low Countries. He made a specialty of beggars and deformities, characters from the picaresque novel and the Italian commedia dell’arte. In this respect he comes close to Bellange, also active in Nancy, but Callot’s style was more realistic. His last great work, the series of etchings entitled the Grandes Miséres de la Guerre followed the invasion of Lorraine by Car Richelieu in 1633, and is a harrowing depiction the atrocities of war; its themes and imagery were used as a source by Goya. His output was prodigious; more than a thousand Callot etchings and drawings by him are extant, and some of his plates are large, featuring scores of brilliantly arranged figures. Jacques Callot was one of the greatest of all etchers and one of the first major creative artists to work exclusively in the graphic arts.