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The Two Pantaloons Looking at Each Other, from The Caprices

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1622

Artist:

Jacques Callot
French, 1592-1635

About this artwork

In the 17th century, the word capriccio generally indicated a musical composition that thwarted listeners’ expectations with sudden changes in tempo, rhythm, or structure that appeared to be made according to the performer’s whim, or caprice. Jacques Callot borrowed the term to describe a series of etchings with a wide variety of diverting subjects including peasants, architectural sites, military maneuvers, and musicians. Among other motifs, he depicted two pairs of dancers frolicking and playing musical instruments and a shepherd playing a flute.

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Artist

Jacques Callot

Title

The Two Pantaloons Looking at Each Other, from The Caprices

Origin

France

Date

1617–1627

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

53 × 80 mm (image/plate); 80 × 111 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mary S. Adams Fund

Reference Number

1965.242.36

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