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On loan from private collection
Cap. Babeo and Cucuba
Date Made/Found: 1621
Artist: Jacques Callot , French, 1592 - 1635
Material and Medium: etching on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 591 x 440mm Image size: 73 x 92mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.LI.982f
Jacques Callot was a printmaker born around 1592 in Nancy, Lorraine, in what is now France. He lived in Italy for many years learning engraving and then etching. The series of prints titled “Balli di Sfessania” (Dances of Sfessania) features pairs of grotesque figures inspired by the characters used in Commedia dell’arte, a type of impromptu theatre performance popular in Italy during the period. Not thought to represent specific actors, the named figures are simply posing or dancing in contortions typical of Commedia dell’arte, against backdrops of outdoor revellers.
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