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Jacques Callot a printmaker from the Baroque period was famous for his series of prints called Miseries of War His focus was on the actions and results from the wars in Lorraine Hanging Tree was one of his etchings from the series in 1633 that was made on a copper plate Etching is a type of engraving where a design is cut into a layer of wax or varnish on to a metal plate The rest of the metal that is exposed becomes etched through acid which the metal is immersed in after the engraving Using the technique of etching will allow for fine and precise line details The artist here creates volumetric figures with of cross-hatching and the very thin detailed lines in a minute scale The main focus of this composition is centralized and is balanced out through the surrounding groups of soldiers and from the priest in the right foreground with the bound man The terror of the composition is strengthened by the underlining stories from the visions of war in which the bandits are hung on a dark tree This scene can be seen as an allusion to the soldiers The tree from where the thieves hang is isolated in the middle of a wide circle of soldiers The wide circle of the soldiers is diminished by miniscule scale used to create the figures The composition is a realistic interpretation of human disaster The juxtaposition of the scaled down image and the tiny size of the print and helps depict the horrors more than if it was just a war scene The tree is recognized as a crucifix in the composition In many religions it is known that Jesus died on the cross The crucifix is a symbol that has been shown throughout earlier periods and has never been represented in the way that Callot has done with this etching The men being hung on the tree help demonstrate one of
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