- All the forces of hell explode from every corner of this etching, including bat-winged devils, a massive dragon, and creatures that are part machine, part animal, part gun, part skeleton. On the lower right, a tiny Saint Anthony is besieged by several man-beast devils and a dragon with snakes pouring from its mouth. On the far upper left, note the figure that Hoffmann, in his preface to Fantasy Pieces, calls “a clarinetist using a most unusual organ to provide the wind for his instrument,”* that is, his anus.
See book: p. 12, 13, 14; figure 4
*E. T. A. Hoffmann, “Jacques Callot,” in Fantasy Pieces in Callot’s Manner: Pages from the Diary of a Traveling Romantic, trans. Joseph M. Hayse (Schenectady, N.Y.: Union College, 1996), 4.