The Fan, etching and engraving

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

  • Etching foreground: silhouetted figures sit on an ornately carved frame and peer into the world it encloses, recalling the audience-within-an-audience in a play-within-a-play. One gazes through a telescope, while another waves a fan, referring back from within the image to the real fans on which Callot’s etching appeared.

    Etching background: a massive mock battle on Italy’s Arno River, attended by hundreds of onlookers.

    See book: p. 23, 24, 61; figure 6

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  • Performing Arts
  • 1619
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  • Jacques Callot, The Fan (1619). Etching and engraving. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray, by exchange, S3.69.1. Photo: Imaging Department © President and Fellows of Harvard College.


  • Battle between King Weaver and King Dyer, depicted in part, on the Arno River in Florence on July 25, 1619