Jacques Callot was an old master printmaker who created over 1,400 etchings. In addition to making somber series such as The Miseries of War, Callot produced playful caricatures of drunks, clowns and dwarfs. Not only was Callot a prolific printmaker, but an innovative one, creating multiple etching techniques. He made ornate, detailed etchings as well as bold and graphic images that demonstrated an advanced knowledge of intaglio printmaking.
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Life of the Virgin in Symbols series. Etching
While Callot is not as well known as Goya, he is credited as having influenced Goya’s series The Disasters of War. Callot’s series, however, referenced the French invasion of Lorraine.
Other series created by Callot include: The Lives of Christ and Mary, The Story of the Prodigal Son, Commedia dell arte, and The Life of the Virgin in Symbols.
Masked Dwark with contorted Legs. Etching. 1616
Crippled Dwarf with Hood. Etching. 1616
Les Grandes Misères de la Guerre (The Miseries of War), The Hanging. Etching Series. 1633
While Callot spent most of his life in Nancy, the capital of Lorraine, his prints travelled across Europe and eventually the world. Callot’s large portfolio of prints and mastery of the medium gained the artist a place alongside the greatest printmakers of the 1600s.