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Jacques Callot (1592–1635): Selections from the Permanent Collection

April 14 through June 03, 2012

CallotCallot, the first Frenchman to gain international renown as a printmaker, was prolific, producing more than 1400 etchings and about 2000 drawings during his short life.  He mastered the use of the echoppe, an innovative stylus with a slanted oval tip that enabled him to swell the width of a line as an engraver could with a burin.  He also developed a tough new varnish that enhanced his ability to re-cover or “stop out” delicate lines that he wanted to protect from further acid etching.  His skills were recognized early in his life, and his name has subsequently remained among the virtuosos of the medium.  The exhibition included views of his native city of Nancy and the country village of L’Imprunetta, and selections from his well-known series, The Miseries of War, plus a few prints from his Commedia dell’ Arte series.

 Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.


Jacques Callot (French, 1592–1635), L'Imprunetta, 1620, etching on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph "Bucks" Weil, Jr., 1999.7.1.