Jacques Callot, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630). The Entry in Ferrara
, from the Funeral Book of the Queen of Spain
, 1611-1612. Engraving (1st state), 124 x 84 mm. Collection of the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery (2010.1.20)
University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
DescriptionIn 1611, following the death of Queen Margaret of Austria (wife of King Philip III of Spain and sister-in-law of Cosimo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany), a team of printmakers was appointed to reproduce the decorations for the Queen’s funeral, held in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence. Antonio Tempesta completed 26 grisaille paintings for the event, which were reproduced by himself, Jacques Callot and Raffaelo Schiaminossi (1572-1622), and published in a book by Bartolomeo Sermatelli (Essequie della sacra cattolica e real maesta di Margherita d’Austria, Florence, 1612). Although every print is of Tempesta’s design, Callot and Schiaminossi often signed their own name, leaving out the creator of the composition. In this print, the signature I.Callot f. (for fecit) in the lower right refers to Callot as the maker of the plate.