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Image of The Fair at Impruneta (L'Imprunetta)

Jacques Callot
French, 1592–1635

The Fair at Impruneta (L'Imprunetta)


Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Northern Europe, French
16 3/8 in. x 26 1/4 in. (41.59 cm x 66.68 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching on paper
Accession Number: 1999.0007.0001

Credit Line: Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph "Bucks" Weil, Jr.

"L'Imprunetta" is a reflection of Callot's virtuosity as a printmaker, filled with more than 1200 tiny figures. It is a panoramic view of a fair held outside Florence, Italy, where Callot was living and working at the time. His technical skills create a "universe in microcosm"—from aristocrats to beggars and from a religious procession to the punishment of a criminal—and must reflect to some degree the actual activities of such a fair. The small scale of the figures demands close contemplation of the scene, and in the course of this examination the seventeenth-century viewer would have probably considered his or her own place in the vast variety of God’s creation.

See "Durer, Rembrandt and Beyond: From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr.," Montgomery, AL: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1994, 40-41.

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