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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century


Jacques Callot
French, 1592–1635

Scene of Pillage

Translated inscription:
These brutal courageous ones hide their thefts at hostelries with the honored name of booty. Enemies of repose, they purposely pick quarrels to avoid paying the host, and seize even the mugs. Thus they take a fancy to other people’s property when they have been made drunk and served as they desired.

Plundering a Large Farm House

Translated inscription:
Here are the fine exploits of these inhuman hearts. They ravage everywhere. Nothing escapes their hands. One invents tortures to gain gold, another encourages his accomplices to perform a thousand heinous crimes, and all with one accord viciously commit theft, kidnapping, murder and rape.

Destruction of a Convent

Translated inscription:
Here, in a sacrilegious and barbarous action, these maddened, avaricious demons pillage and burn everything, demolishing the altars, laugh at the respect due to the Immortals, and drag from the holy places the disconsolate virgins, whom they dare to carry off to be violated.

from Les Grandes Misères et Malheurs de la Guerre (The Great Miseries and Misfortunes of War)

Etching, 1633
Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1982.130d-f