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Calisto in Her Retirement

A work made of mezzotint over etching in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint over etching in black on cream laid paper.


published 1778


Richard Earlom (British, 1743–1822)
after Anthony Van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641)

About this artwork

Richard Earlom’s painterly handling of flesh tones amply demonstrates the charms of reproducing bathing beauties from the Dutch Baroque in mezzotint. Earlom designed this voyeuristic glimpse of the lustrous, somewhat demure nymph after an Anthony van Dyck painting. Alessandro Mastro-Valerio’s search for the ideal printmaking medium likely culminated in seeing a similar work during his inspiring visit to the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933. At least one mezzotint was on display at the Art Institute at the time: The Junction of Severn and Wye, from J. M. W. Turner’s Liber Studiorum


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Prints and Drawings


Richard Earlom


Calisto in Her Retirement


England (Artist's nationality)


Published 1778


Mezzotint over etching in black on cream laid paper


Image: 37.7 × 34 cm (14 7/8 × 13 7/16 in.); Plate: 41.5 × 34 cm (16 3/8 × 13 7/16 in.); Sheet: 46.7 × 61.5 cm (18 7/16 × 24 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

Obj: 139055

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