Jacques Callot, St. Mansuetus Restoring Life to the Son of Leucorus, c. 1622 – 1627
Signed Jacques Callot engraving, St. Mansuetus Restoring Life to the Son of Leucorus, c. 1622 – 1627
|Artist:||Jacques Callot (1592 - 1635)|
|Title:||St. Mansuetus Restoring Life to the Son of Leucorus, c. 1622 – 1627|
|Image Size:||10 3/4 in x 9 in (27.3 cm x 22.9 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||10 3/4 in x 9 in (27.3 cm x 22.9 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 23 in x 18 in (58.4 cm x 45.7 cm)|
|Signature:||Signed in the plate in the lower left 'Callot'|
|Condition:||This work is in good condition; backed on a thick wove paper with with small paper skins near signature in lower left of image and to the upper right on the citadel; trimmed along the plate mark.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Capturing a miraculous moment, Callot depicts St. Mansuetus raising his hand in a gesture of blessing, as he prepares to return life to Leucorus’ son. Callot places St. Mansuetus in the center of the composition, surrounded in a halo of emanating light with an ornate staff and grand robes. King Leucorus and the queen stand just behind him, begging for his assistance. To the left, a crowd gathers, eagerly waiting in anticipation of a miracle. A servant man kneels to the right, Leucorus’ son’s lifeless body slumped down in his arms. Though the cause of Leucorus’ son’s death remains unknown, we can gather that it perhaps involved a sport as we witness a tennis racket and ball lying on the ground near the son. Callot increases the drama of the moment by placing the action in the foreground next to a riverbank as the clouds open from above with rays shining down towards St. Mansuetus. In the distance, we witness an entire citadel with soldiers in action, apparently captured in the midst of a jousting tournament. This work exemplifies Callot’s attention to fine detail. With his delicate line work he conveys the subtle expressions of hope and sorrow on the figures in the foreground and the intricate details of the buildings and soldiers in the background.
Created c. 1622 – 1627, this piece is signed in the plate in the lower left ‘Callot.’
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Schroder, Thomas. Jacques Callot: Das gesamte Werk Druckgraphik Volume 2. Munich: Verlag Rogner & Bernhard GMBH. Listed as plate 1456.
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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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.