Jacques Callot, after Anthony van Dyck, from the Iconography
23.7 cm x 17.4 cm (9 5/16 in. x 6 7/8 in.)
Lucas Vorsterman, the elder
(Zaltbommel, The Netherlands, 1595 - 1675, Antwerp, Belgium)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Called the father of French etching, the technical advances Callot made in the art form expanded the medium’s aesthetic potential. Along with his invention of the échoppe, a tool that formed etched lines similar to those in engravings, Callot developed a varnish that dried hard and allowed for a deeper bite. Having met Callot during his trip to the Netherlands in 1626, Van Dyck most likely used this varnish for his etchings.