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On loan from a private collection
Varie Figure Gobbi - Le Joueur de Vielle
etching
Date Made/Found: 1616
Artist: Jacques Callot , French, 1592 - 1635
Material and Medium: etching on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 297 x 420mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.LI.983p
Jacques Callot was a printmaker born around 1592 in Nancy, Lorraine, in what is now France. The series of prints Varie Figure Gobbi was made in 1616 while Callot was living in Florence. The images depict men from a troupe of performers called ‘Les Gobbi’ who played at the Medici court. The term gobbi referred to people with dwarfism and spinal deformity (derogatively called “hunchback”), and many of the figures are shown as having a physical disability as well as small stature. At the time, it was common for dwarfs to serve as part of noble entourages, often as animal handlers and entertainers.
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