First Intermezzo: The Giant Tifeo beneath Mount Ischia
From the series, The Intermezzi (Les Intermedes)
Northern Europe, French, Lorraine
11 5/16 in. x 7 15/16 in. (28.73 cm x 20.16 cm)
Medium and Support:
Etching on laid paper
Gift of the Weil Print Endowment in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
Within Callot’s print oeuvre, images of theatrical performances and performers were important subjects, particularly during his residence in Florence between 1612 and 1621. This print is one of three etchings that illustrate the play, La Liberazione di Terreno e d’Arnea Autori del Sangue Toscano (The Liberation of Tirreno and Arnea) written by Andrea Salvadori and performed during carnival in Florence. It was presented at the Uffizi Palace on February 5th, 1617 to celebrate the marriage of Caterina de Medici, sister of Cosimo II, to Ferdinando Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua. The performance was held in the Theater of the Offices (also called the Stanza Grande, or the Scala delle commedie), a large room on the second floor of the palace. The room was not used after 1628, and Callot was the first and last to depict the niche sculpture and the decorative program in this performance space.