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ID number:  BIRBI-55.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Callot, Jacques (1592-1635)
Title / Object name:  The Battle of Avigliano
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  about 1630
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Plate 35.6 x 53.4 cm; mount 52.2 x 63.5 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Colnaghi's, November 1955, with 15 others for £95.6.01

Callot produced numerous topographical prints and scenes of warfare during the 1630s. This etching shows the battle between the French and Austrian armies outside Avigliano, a small town in Southern Italy. One of Callot’s characteristic traits is his attention to detail. This is shown here in his mountainous landscape, small town, forts, and the soldiers. The curtain gives the scene a stage-like quality, whilst the armour and weapons symbolise the military success of Louis XIII, who is depicted in the portrait in the centre.

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