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La Promenade sur l’eau [The Walkway on the Water], from Paysages Gravés pour Jean de Médicis [Landscapes Engraved for Giovanni de Medici]

17th century
11.4 cm x 24.4 cm (4 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 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: 2002.506

The Italian Landscapes consist of ten views of the Tuscan coast and countryside. It was traditionally thought that Giovanni de’Medici commissioned the series based on a letter Callot wrote to him in 1618 to present a series of landscape etchings (“the first of the kind I have made”). The actual circumstance of their creation, however, remains unclear. When the series was first published, in 1633, Callot’s French follower Collignon supplied a title page.

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