Jacques Callot, St. Amand, c. 1622

Artist: Jacques Callot (1592 - 1635)
Title:St. Amand, c. 1622
Medium:Original Engraving
Image Size:11 in x 7 3/4 in (28 cm x 19.7 cm)
Sheet Size:11 in x 7 3/4 in (28 cm x 19.7 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 'Ja. Callot f'
Condition:This work is in good condition; backed on a thick wove paper with vertical crease to the left; trimmed along the plate mark.
ID #w-3782
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Historical Description

Surrounded by an enraptured audience, St. Amand, enveloped in a brilliant white halo, preaches amidst a canopy of trees. Callot captures a distinct sense of personality within each character depicted, as some open their mouths in wonder while others gesture in anger or gaze forward calmly. While we do not know the topic of St. Amand's speech, we can imagine that he is addressing a somewhat controversial subject based on the audience's reactions. Callot's use of cross hatched lines and striking tonal contrasts add a heightened sense of drama to this work. The composition is also noteworthy, as Callot places the viewer in such a position as he or she feels as though she is actually listening in on St. Amand's speech.

Created c. 1622, this piece is signed in the plate in the lower left 'Ja. Callot f.'

1. Schroder, Thomas. Jacques Callot: Das gesamte Werk Druckgraphik Volume 2. Munich: Verlag Rogner & Bernhard GMBH. Listed as plate 1457.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

Museum-grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.