Jacques Callot, The Miracle of Saint Mansuy (1616)


(Copyright National Gallery of Victoria, Australia) 

Jacques Callot (1592-1635)

Etching (9 states)

Size: 20.3 x 26.7 cm or 23 x 27.3 (image)

The image depicts Saint Mansuy or Saint Mansuetus of Toul miraculously reviving a boy hit by a tennis ball.  It would be wonderful if this was evidence that tennis existed in the mid-4c AD when Mansuy performed this miracle but in this 17c work Saint Mansuy is set in a contemporary context noting his popularity in Lorraine (where Callot was from as well) as the area’s most famous Saint.