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Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot

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The Market in the Piazza Annunziata at Florence, from The Caprices, 1617 Etching © Courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum
Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot

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Houston, TX
January 31st, 2013 - May 5th, 2013
Opening: January 31st, 2013 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Jacques Callot, one of the most accomplished printmakers of the 17th century, revolutionized the technique of etching. Princes and Paupers focuses on two poles of Callot’s work: his aristocratic commissions, and his images of the marginalized and impoverished.

An international artist active in both France and Italy, Callot (1592–1635) was a consummate draftsman. His careful observations never fail to amaze viewers. Callot created more than 1,400 prints that reveal his fascination with a broad range of subjects, from the miseries of war to aristocratic pageantry; from saints to beggars; from biblical narratives and theatrical comedies to Gypsies and dwarfs. His prints often developed into series that explore a narrative or variations on a theme. Callot’s etchings, which are consistently imaginative, inventive, and witty, open a window through which to better understand 17th-century Europe.