Friday, March 23, 2007

Jacques Callot - The Combat At The Barrier

Here's a selection of etching and engravings by Callot which display incredible conceptual works for the Baroque Thearical Performance of "Le Combat a la Barriere."

"part of a set made to record an extravagant spectacle held by the Duke of Lorraine at his court in Nancy. The performance opened with the entry of the participants on elaborate floats. This was followed by a jousting tournament, carefully staged to assure the duke's victory.

Callot's prints, together with a description of the spectacle and a transcription of its dialogue, made up a festival book that documented the events. This book was widely collected by the courts of Europe, and had considerable influence on stage design." quote from here.

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