Friday, November 9, 2012

Jacques Callot - Balli di sfessania

Italian artist Jacques Callot (1592-1632), one of the first practicing the graphic arts exclusively, included one very interesting plate into his series from 1622 dedicated to Florence street performers engaged in a 'sfessania' dance. A man on the picture is kneeling at the feet of a Woman and kissing the shoe She is imperiously presenting him. His comic mask and baggy outfit, outstretched arms earnestly offering a cape to his Mistress, HER mocking pose and confident smile, it all creates a very strong Ds public scene from it.

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