The Pyre

The Pyre
Plate 13 of The Misery and Misfortune of War
H.7.3 X W.18.7cm
Gift to Goya to Beijing project

Jacques Callot (1592-1635) France

Callot’s eighteen etchings, The Misery and Misfortune of War, depict the savage descent of humanity and the universal carnage of war.

The subjects are taken from Callot’s own experiences during the French invasion of his village in the Duchy of Lorraine and the Thirty Years War. More than seven million lives were lost during this bloody war.

While each of the etchings are very small, Callot creates the grand scenery of pillage, rape, murder and other atrocities, committed by both the invaders and the invaded, which war inevitably brings. 

His work went on to influence other artists, such as Goya.



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