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

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
ID #w-3050
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Historical Description

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

Documented and Illustrated in:

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.

Subject Matter: Biblical