La Pendaison (The Hanging)

Jacques Callot, French, 1592 - 1635

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Etching on laid paper

Plate: 3 1/4 × 7 5/16 in. (8.2 × 18.5 cm)

Sheet: 3 3/4 × 7 7/8 in. (9.5 × 20 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935

PR.991.8.11

Portfolio / Series Title

Plate 11 from Les Grandes Misères et malheurs de la guerre (The Great Miseries and Misfortunes of War)

Publisher

Israël Henriet, Paris

Geography

Place Made: France, Europe

Period

1600-1800

Object Name

Print

Research Area

Print

Not on view

Inscriptions

Inscribed, in plate, within image, lower left: Israel ex. Cum Priuil. Reg.; inscribed, in graphite, lower right margin: 11; inscribed, in graphite, on support, lower right: 1349 I/III

Label

Related to the “Small Miseries” group also on display here, Callot’s “Great Miseries” series comprises eighteen prints chronicling the effects of the Thirty Years War. They are distinguished mostly by their size. Printed as the war was still ongoing, Callot evokes the brutality of the conflict rather than chronicling specific historic events. In this print, soldiers convicted of war crimes are sentenced to capital punishment. Stripped bare—their clothes and weapons left in a pile in the foreground—the men are hung from a large tree. A priest climbs a ladder to offer last rites. Although the soldiers have themselves committed atrocities, they are now subject to grotesque punishment. The dense cluster of dangling bodies offers a haunting condemnation of the continuing horror of war.

From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming

Course History

ARTH 41.03, European Art 1750-1850, Allan Doyle, Winter 2019

Anthropology 3.01, Introduction to Anthropology, Charis Ford Morrison Boke 1, Summer 2023

Studio Art 27.01/28.01/74.01, Printmaking I/II/III, Josh Dannin, Summer 2024

Exhibition History

A Decade of Collecting, 1985-1995: Old Master and Nineteenth Century European Prints from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 9, 1995-February 4, 1996, no. 20.

A Gift to the College: The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil Jr. Collection of Master Prints, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 17-December 20, 1998.

Alfredo Jaar, The Eyes of Gutete Emerita, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 8-September 3, 2006.

Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 9-December 12, 1990.

Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 4-December 11, 2005.

Piranesi-Goya; Roma fantastica and the Sleep of Reason and Francisco Goya and Jake & Dinos Chapman: Disasters of War, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 27, 2001-March 17, 2002.

Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.

The Four Faces of War: Callot, Goya, Kollwitz and Bellows, The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, October 23-December 22, 2004.

Publication History

Timothy Rub, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Kelly Pask, "A Gift to the College: The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil Jr. Collection of Master Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1998, ill. p.83, listed, p.84, no. 45.

Richard Rand, "A Decade of Collecting, 1985-1995: Old Master and Nineteenth-Century European Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1995, no. 20.

Goldfarb, Hilliard T., Wolf, Reva. Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War. Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, page 84.

Barbara Thompson, Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2005.

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 92, ill. plate no. 23.

Provenance

Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York, 1975; Christie's, New York, November 2, 1983, lot 18 (bought in); sold to Adolph Weil, Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, privately after the sale; given to present collection, 1991.

Catalogue Raisonne

Lieure 1349

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