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]
22.4 cm x 15.8 cm (8 13/16 in. x 6 1/4 in.)
(Nancy, France, 1592 - 1635, Nancy, France)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
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.