La pendaison [The Hanging], from Les Misères et les Malheurs de la Guerre [The Miseries and Misfortunes of War]

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Title

La pendaison [The Hanging], from Les Misères et les Malheurs de la Guerre [The Miseries and Misfortunes of War]

Description

Callot, an artist from the town of Nancy in Lorraine, was a master of the art of etching. His first hand experience of the terror, violence, and suffering of war was shown in his etchings celebrating sieges won by Spanish and French rulers during the Thirty Years War. Those were followed by his most famous works, his two series on Les Misères et les Malheurs de la Guerre. They consist of 18 large plates published published by Israel, “avec privilege du roi” in Paris in 1633, and six small plates appearing in 1635. (The Picker owns the 18 large plates and #4 from the small set.) In them, he was free to express his own feelings, having won financial independence by this point in his career, when he was also ill and close to death. Each plate is inscribed with a six-line poetic caption virulently condemning the murder, torture, rape, and theft soldiers commit.

The most famous of Callot's many etchings “the hanging tree” is adorned with many bodies. The caption translates: “Finally these ignoble and abandoned thieves, hanging from this tree like ominous fruit, show that crime (horrible and black spawn) is itself the instrument of shame and vengeance, and that it is the fate of vice-ridden men to experience the justice of heaven sooner or later.” [Translation from Callot’s Etchings, ed. Howard Daniel (New York, 1974).]

Creator

Jacques Callot (French, 1592-1635)

Source

Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Date

1633

Contributor

Purchase of the Friends of the Visual Arts Fund

Format

7 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.

Medium

Etching

Type

Prints

Identifier

2006.1.11

Bibliographic Citation

Lieure, Jules, and Jacques Callot. Jacques Callot: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1989, cat. 1349 ii/iii.

Spatial Coverage

French

Temporal Coverage

17th century

Collection

Citation

Jacques Callot (French, 1592-1635), “La pendaison [The Hanging], from Les Misères et les Malheurs de la Guerre [The Miseries and Misfortunes of War],” Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery, accessed April 28, 2017, http://pickeroldmasters.omeka.net/items/show/71.