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Jacques Callot, Birth of the Virgin from Life of the Virgin, c. 1632 - 1633

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Artist Jacques Callot (1592 - 1635)
Title Birth of the Virgin from Life of the Virgin, c. 1632 - 1633
Medium Original Engraving
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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ID # w-3742

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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