Antique Master Print-STUDY OF VARIOUS HEADS-della Bella-c. 1649



This prints shows six heads, three bearded men, one soldier, and two children.

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etching on hand laid (verge), attached to thicker hand lais carrier sheet paper.
Sheet size: 6,8 x 8,6 cm. (2,7 x 3,4 inch). Image size: 6,6 x 8,4 cm. (2,6 x 3,3 inch).

This attractive print originates from ‘The Book for Learning to Draw’ (Livre pour apprendre ? dessiner). Published by Isra?l Henriet (c1590?1661) in Paris. Inscribed on plate: (lower right corner) “Israel ex.” Ref: Alexandre de Vesme, Phyllis D. Massar Stefano della Bella. Catalogue Raisonn?. New York, 1971, cat. no. 90.301. See The Met Accession Number: 2012.136.809.10. Provenance: Stamp “Doublette der Kunsthalle Bremen”, collectors monogam RV

Made by ‘Stefano della Bella’ after own design. Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610?1664 Florence). Etcher and draftsman Stefano della Bella worked ceaselessly creating thousands of drawings and prints. Like a devoted photographer intent on capturing the major events of his time, della Bella recorded the lavish theatrical pageants of Florence’s nobility, daily life in Rome and Paris, and the battlefield realities of the Thirty Years War. Della Bella began his career in the studio of a goldsmith, but apart from this early apprenticeship, della Bella was basically self-taught. Before the age of twenty, he had allied himself with the powerful Medici court, which provided him with patronage throughout his career. With the Medici’s support, in 1633, della Bella traveled to Rome where he remained until 1639. During these six years, he honed his drawing skills. He largely avoided studios and worked outdoors, recording ancient and modern buildings, the countryside, public spectacles, and the daily activities of the Roman people. Della Bella would later mine his sketchbooks for figures and backgrounds for his prints. Supported by the Floretine ambassador, in 1639, Della Bella relocated to Paris. For the French nobility, della Bella created a diverse range of prints including battle scenes, architecture, and animals. He moved effortlessly between large, topographically precise landscapes and fanciful works commissioned by Parisian dealers. He returned to Florence in 1650 where he again served the Medici court. (source: wikipedia)

Condition: Good, given age. Some tiny brown spot on the plate, the print is glued to paper, remains of paper tape on reverse. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 8 × 6 × 1 cm


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