Art opening reception: Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot

Art opening reception: Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot
Jacques Callot, The Market in the Piazza Annunziata at Florence, from The Caprices, 1617, etching, Saint Louis Art Museum, gift of Henry V. Putzel. Courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum

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.

On view through May 5.

Event Details

When

1.31.13 | 10:00 am

Where

1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

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Free with museum admission.