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The Grand Duke Fortifies the Port of Livorno, from Life of Ferdinando I de’ Medici

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

Date:

1616/20

Artist:

Jacques Callot (French, 1592-1635)
after Matteo Rosselli (Italian, 1578-1650)

About this artwork

Ferdinando I of Tuscany sits beneath an umbrella held by an attendant. At right, an engineer presents him with a model of the fortifications for the harbor of Livorno. The duke points at the construction already underway: in the background, workers appear busily wielding tools and carrying heavy loads on their backs.
Jacques Callot rendered this work through engraving, though he is most known for his etchings made with an echoppe, a special tool he is credited with inventing. The echoppe has an oval-shaped tip that is twirled while drawing through a wax ground on a metal plate. This creates lines that swell and taper just like cuts made with an engraver’s burin.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jacques Callot

Title

The Grand Duke Fortifies the Port of Livorno, from Life of Ferdinando I de’ Medici

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1616–1620

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Sheet, trimmed to plate: 22.3 × 30.3 cm (8 13/16 × 11 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1976.16

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