|The Hanging: Miseries of War series, 1633, Jacques Callot|
|The Siege of Breda, 1627-29,|
While The Miseries of War etchings were on quite small plates, in his Siege of Breda, he worked on a vast scale for his time, his technique anticipating the modern billboard. When proofs were pasted together, the result was a single picture about four feet by five feet depicting the arrival of the Spanish Infanta to take possession of the conquered town.
Callot also had an abiding interest in the humorous and grotesque. In his series Beggars and Gobbi, his comic dwarfs and hunchback achieved their ultimate statement in his etching The Temptation of St. Anthoney. In it he depicts hell as a fun place where St. Anthony is surrounded by a cloud full of demons and devils all having the time of their lives. It was completed in 1634. This work was one of his last. He died a year later at the age of 43.
|The Temptation of St. Anthoney, 1635,|