- Gifted to the Gallery by Mr Gordon Brown, 1999
- 82 x 186mm
In 1633, Louis XIII’s France invaded the Duchy of Lorraine, ravaging its capital Nancy and the surrounding countryside. Callot was born in Nancy, and published his eighteen etching series The Miseries and Misfortunes of War later that year in response to these shocking events.
(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)
The text beneath the image reads
L’oeil tousiours surveillant de la divine Astrée
Bannit entièrement le dueil d’une contrée
Lors que tenant l’Espée et la Balance en main
Elle iuge et punit le voleur inhumain
Qui guette les paysans les meurtit et s’en ioüe
Puis luy mesme deviant le joüet d’une roüe
The ever watchful eye of divine Astrée [i.e. Justice] completely banishes mourning from a region when, with sword and scales in hand, she judges and punishes the inhuman thief who lies in wait for peasants, murders them and toys with them, then himself becomes the plaything of the wheel.