Jacques Callot

The Beggars

c. 1622
These twelve prints belong to a series of twenty-five, rated among the most popular of Callot's works. Conceived in Florence, this set of images was only printed in about 1622, after the artist's return to Nancy. The theme of beggars was a frequent source of inspiration for artists and writers of the seventeenth century. The literature of the time approached the subject by categorizing the different types of beggars as a warning against fraud. Indeed, the frontispiece of this series depicts the leader of a gang of beggars, the "Capitano dei Baroni", plying his trade at sites of pilgrimage.
Title
The Beggars
Date
c. 1622
Medium
Print
Materials
set of 25 etchings on laid paper
Dimensions
14.4 x 9.4 cm each (approx.)
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1963
Accession number
15089-15113