La Promenade sur l’eau [The Walkway on the Water], from Paysages Gravés pour Jean de Médicis [Landscapes Engraved for Giovanni de Medici]
11.4 cm x 24.4 cm (4 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 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
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.