Callot’s Commedia dell’Arte Characters and 17th-Century Scenes
October 01 through December 11, 2016
When Shakespeare’s First Folio was published in 1623, Jacques Callot (French, 1592-1635) had just published a series of tiny etchings depicting characters from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte, the first modern professional theatrical performers. Several of those subjects and additional Callot prints of 17th-century people and places will provide artistic context of the period for the brief exhibition of a rare original First Folio on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
Jacques Callot (French, 1592–1635), Cap.' Malagamba and Cap. Bellavita, 1632, Etching and engraving on paper, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 1995.5.4