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Massacre of the Innocents, c. 1617-1618

Jacques Callot
French, 1592 - 1635
etching on laid paper
14.8 x 11.5 cm; plate: 13.6 x 10.4 cm (oval image)
Purchased 1994
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37523)

This little print is a remarkable achievement: a grand Baroque composition on a tiny scale. Callot etched a second, almost identical version of the print after his return to Nancy, probably to replace the worn-out plate he had first executed in Florence.

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