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Omer Talon

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

1645/52

Artist:

Claude Mellan
French, 1598-1688

About this artwork

Omer Talon was the attorney general to the Parisian Parliament at the beginning of the Fronde, a period of civil war in France, known for opposing a major tax proposed by Louis XIV’s mother, Anne of Austria. With his singular style of engraving, Claude Mellan employed parallel lines, rather than cross-hatching, to create shading. This technique is visible on Talon’s cap, where Mellan thickened and darkened portions of the lines around its center to suggest a dark fabric lit from above. Since this style leaves more of the paper untouched by ink, Mellan’s engravings are often lighter than works by his contemporaries.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Claude Mellan

Title

Omer Talon

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1645–1652

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

Plate: 27.4 × 19.7 cm (10 13/16 × 7 13/16 in.); Sheet: 31.5 × 23.4 cm (12 7/16 × 9 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Morris Woolf

Reference Number

1941.449

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