Authors

Jacques Callot

Nancy 1592 - Nancy 1635

Jacques Callot, an engraver and painter, was born in Nancy in 1592. His artistic training took place in Italy. In 1612 he worked in Florence, alongside other artists under the protection of the Grand Duke Cosme III de Medici. He was filled with enthusiasm by the great urban spectacles, festivals, and theatre productions. During his time in Italy he also worked in Rome, returning to Nancy in 1621, after the death of the Grand Duke. By this time, he was already collaborating with the publishing firm in Antwerp, Platin-Moretus. Callot was a famous engraver of Lorraine, who, at the request of the Infanta Isabella, governor of the Netherlands, provided the most sensational and spectacular images in the city of Breda. Callot’s true success reached its height during the Thirty Years War; they were years of intense creation. Callot’s career was as short as his life. His work is unique in the history of engraving. He understood all the genres, from religious, historical and local motifs, to the representation of hunchbacks, figures from Italian comedy as well as devils, always represented in the temptations of Saint Anthony. He tells us the story of the reign of Louis XIII with an account no historian has been capable of adding to. The disasters of war are represented in a series of universally recognised engravings. Callot died on 25th March 1635 at home in Carrier. Many of his engravings served as motifs for paintings produced by Flemish and Italian artists of the period.

The Vanguard of the Bohemians

The Vanguard of the Bohemians