Jacques Callot, La Triomphe de la Vierge, ou Petite Thèse (Triumph of the Virgin or Small Thesis), 1625

Signed Jacques Callot engraving, La Triomphe de la Vierge, ou Petite Thèse (Triumph of the Virgin or Small Thesis), 1625

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Artist:Jacques Callot (1592 - 1635)

Title:La Triomphe de la Vierge, ou Petite Thèse (Triumph of the Virgin or Small Thesis), 1625

Medium:Original Engraving

Image Size:21 3/4 in x 14 7/16 in (55.2 cm x 36.5 cm)

Framed Size:38 1/4 in x 30 1/8 in (97.2 cm x 76.5 cm)

Signature:Signed in the plate in the lower right 'Jac. Callot'

Condition:This work is in excellent condition

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Historical Description of this artwork

This intricate engraving is endowed with strong tonal contrasts and immaculate, detailed line work. The virgin appears as the large, central figure in the foreground, stepping down from a dragon. She wears an elaborate headdress and draped clothing and holds a banner in one hand and a staff in the other. She is encircled by men and women who also don draped garments and hold various objects, such as scales, musical instruments and swords, all of which appear to have symbolic value. In the midground, trumpets announce the arrival of a glorious chariot, driven by a lion, a lamb, and two winged creatures. In the background, animated figures appear as if engaged in combat. Dark, gargoyle like figures restrain crowds of people while angels swoop down from the heavens in an attempt to free these individuals.

Created in 1625, this work was etched as a frontispiece to a theological thesis for the Franciscan Friar Etienne Didelot.


1. Schroder, Thomas. Jacques Callot: Das gesamte Werk Druckgraphik. Munich, Verlag Rogner & Bernhard GMBH. Volume 2 listed as plate 1636.

2. Mendez, Christopher. Jacques Callot. Listed as no. 23 on pg. 30.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Museum-grade conservation framed in an ornate gold frame, the bright gold and dark tones, created when light hits the frame, compliment the contrasting tones in this work. Sculpturally detailed with curved organic forms, the details of the moulding enhance the complexities in this work. Completed with white silk wrapped mattes and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

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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 (1592-1635)

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.

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