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TOKYO

‘Jacques Callot: Theater of Realism and Fantasy’

The National Museum of Western Art

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Jacques Callot (1592-1635) is perhaps not a name many are familiar with. Overshadowed by the work of Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt van Rijn, he is sometimes overlooked. Yet Callot is one of the most important printmakers and pioneers of etching in western art history, and his work was admired by many aristocrats of his time, including Cosimo II de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany.

This is an extensive exhibition of Callot’s etchings, comprising around 230 works from nearly 400 belonging to the collection of the National Museum of Western Art. Through such a large selection, the exhibition explores Callot’s unique style of expression — featuring everyday scenes, court life and the fantastical — revealing his influence on what later became known as old master prints; till June 15.

The National Museum of Western Art; 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥600. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en