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On loan from a private collection
Varie Figure Gobbi - Frontispiece
etching
Date Made/Found: 1616
Artist: Jacques Callot , French, 1592 - 1635
Material and Medium: etching on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 297 x 420mm Support: 180 x 265mm Image size: 62 x 86mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.LI.983a
This series of 21 etchings was produced by Jacques Callot while he was working for Cosimo II de Medici at court in Florence. At that time, the Medici family frequently organised festivals and Callot was employed to make a visual record of these events. Varie Figure Gobbi translates as 'various hunchback figures' and probably relates to a troop of dwarf jokers that was active in the north of Italy in the 17th century. Callot would have undoubtedly seen them at one of the carnivals at the Italian court.
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