Jacques Callot

Jacques Callot, ‘La dame au vêtement ample’, 1622, etching


Jacques Callot, ‘La dame au vêtement ample’, 1622. Etching.


This is one of a set of 50 Capricci produced by Callot using his new technique of hard ground etching, and also a new tool called the échoppe which created a swelling line that allowed him to dispense with cross-hatchings. The small scale and the observational nature of the subject matter of this series of prints gives the effect of looking at an artist’s sketch book. Indeed the plates that show two versions of a single figure – outline and shaded – may have been intended to teach drawing.


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