- 1592 - 1635
Legend has it that little Jacques Callot so wanted to be an artist in Rome that he twice ran away from his wealthy parents' home at the duke of Lorraine's court. By 1608 he had apprenticed to engraver and publisher Philippe Thomassin, learning line engraving and copying Flemish art and late
Callot's career really began in Florence in 1612, however, when he began working for the sophisticated, hyper-elegant
In Nancy, Callot approached his work with a new directness and seriousness. He added poignant religious subjects, siege compositions, and sensitive landscape drawings and etchings to his repertoire. In 1633, inspired by the Thirty Years War and Cardinal Richelieu's invasion of Lorraine, Callot created a series of prints called the Miseries of War.His devastating appraisals of human cruelty and folly were a source for Francisco de Goya y Lucientes'sDisasters of War nearly two hundred years later.