Callot: King Weaver and King Dyer
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Florence: Ceremonial battle between King Weaver and King Dyer
Title: Battaglia del Re Tessi e del Re tinta, Festa rapresentata in Firenze el fiume Arno il di XXV di Luglio 1619
Artist: Jacques Callot (Nancy, 1592-1635) / Signature: Jacomo Callot fec
The grand duke Cosimo II of the Medici organised and financed this famous festival – Ceremonial Battle between King Weaver and King Dyer - with a firework and theatre performances on the Arno in Florence, 1619. At the foreground a gathered crowd attending the festivities. The scene is framed by an ornate border with a grotesque mask at the bottom. This copper engraving (mounted on a fan) was presumed to be a gift for each of Cosimos 500 invited guests.
Size: 22 cm x 30,2 cm
Beautiful copper engraving on handmade paper, slightly trimmed altogether in very good condition.
Lit.: Lieure 302-2/2