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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century


Jacques Callot
French, 1592–1635

The Stake

Translated inscription:
Those enemies of Heaven, who a thousand times sin against the holy decrees and divine laws, glory in spitefully pillaging and destroying the temples of the true God with idolatrous hand, but as punishment for having burned them, are themselves finally sacrificed to the flames.

The Wheel

Translated inscription:
The ever-watchful eye of divine Astraea [Justice] completely banishes mourning from a region when, holding the sword and scales in her hands, she judges and punishes the inhuman thief who lies in wait for peasants, murders them and toys with them, then becomes himself the plaything of the wheel.

The Hospital

Translated inscription:
See how the world goes, and how chance constantly pursues the children of the god Mars. Some, crippled, drag themselves along the ground. Others, more fortunate, receive promotion in war. Some die on a gallows by a fatal blow, and others go from the camp to the hospital.

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, 1982.130m-o