Landscape with water-mill and figures fishing in boat on the left river on the right, from the series 'Italian landscapes' (Diverse vedute designate in Fiorenza / Paysages italiens)
Italian landscapes (Diverse vedute designate in Fiorenza / Paysages italiens)
Jacques Callot (French, Nancy 1592–1635 Nancy)
Israël Henriet (French, Nancy ca. 1590–1661 Paris)
sheet: 4 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (11.5 x 24.5 cm)
mount: 5 1/16 x 10 3/16 in. (12.8 x 25.8 cm)
Bequest of Phyllis Massar, 2011
Not on view
This print is from a series of twelve entitled “Diverse vedute designate in Fiorenza / Paysages Italiens” (Different views of Italian Landscapes designed in Florence) that has generally been attributed to Jacques Callot’s apprentice, François Collignon. The set was first published after 1630 by Israël Henriet, whose name appears on these prints. But the date of the execution of the plates themselves, and indeed their attribution to Callot, has been called into question. Callot may have designed the landscapes while he was in Italy, but it is also possible that the drawings were made and etched by French artist Israel Silvestre after Callot’s death, based on ideas found in drawings in the possession of Henriet. The uncertainty surrounding the prints’ attribution demonstrates Callot’s fame and the popularity of his work during the seventeenth century.
Inscription: Lettered at lower left of image: 'Callot in. f. Israel ex. cum privil Regis.'
Phyllis D. Massar; Donor: Phyllis D. Massar
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selection from the Permanent Collection," September 28, 2015–January 7, 2016.