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Le Catafalque de François de Médici [The Bier of Francesco de Medici], after Giulio Parigi, from Estampes Gravées a L’Occasion des Obsèques de François de Médicis [Prints Engraved on the Occasion of the Funeral of Francesco de Medici]

17th century
22.4 cm x 15.8 cm (8 13/16 in. x 6 1/4 in.)

Jacques Callot (Nancy, France, 1592 - 1635, Nancy, France) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.562

Callot began his long service to the Medici with etchings of inventions by Giulio Parigi, the court festival designer. This print belongs to a very rare series that records the decorations for the funeral of Francesco de Medici. It is developed in Callot’s earliest manner of a regular line, single bite, and minimal tone. At the same time, it already demonstrates an aptitude for contemporary events, an inclination toward theatrical staging, and a sensitivity of hand. Later he would employ a hard ground and special needles to endow his plates with the noble appearance of engraving, whether they were elevated to commemorate or popular to entertain.

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