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Stefano Della Bella

Stefano della Bella (17 May 1610 – 12 July 1664) - prolific Italian draughtsman and printmaker.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1640
Plate 5: head of a woman, turned in profile to the right, from 'Various heads and figures' (Diverses têtes et figures)
Florentine artist Stefano Della Bella was among the best etchers of the Italian Baroque. He created about 1,050 prints and thousands of drawings. His earlier work was greatly influenced by the French Jacques Callot (1592-1635) who worked for the court of the Medici. Three of Stefano’s older brothers were artists. Della Bella probably learned etching from Remigio Cantagallina (1582/3-1656), who had been Callot’s teacher. Della Bella’s earliest prints date from around 1627. Della Bella received the patronage and a stipend from Lorenzo de’ Medici and studied in Rome.

In 1639 he journeyed to Paris where Della Bella collected prints by Northern European artists, copied works by Rembrandt. He received commissions from Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin. His prints were innovative, seeming to look forward to the Rococo. Della Bella also engraved views of Paris. He visited Amsterdam in 1647.

French anti-Italian feeling during the Fronde and the death of Mazarin during the late 1640s led to della Bella’s return to Florence. Della Bella produced some of his best work after his return. Della Bella is known to have illustrated some discoveries for Galileo and depicted Hansken the famous elephant, when dead. In his final years, he produced a number of prints experimenting with tonal effects attempting to achieve drawing effects in etching. In 1661 he appears to have suffered a stroke, after which he produced little work.
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Phalaris Having Perillus Thrown into the Bronze Bull

Phalaris Having Perillus Thrown into the Bronze Bull

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Landscape, 16th century

Stefano Della Bella - Landscape, 16th century

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Head, from the Kinnaird Sketchbook

Stefano Della Bella - Head, from the Kinnaird Sketchbook

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Studies of Boats

Stefano Della Bella - Studies of Boats

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Cartouche for Le Pont Neuf

Stefano Della Bella - Cartouche for Le Pont Neuf

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Two Figures on Horseback, a Soldier Walking Behind

Two Figures on Horseback, a Soldier Walking Behind

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Three Standing Figures in Antique Costume.

Stefano Della Bella - Three Standing Figures in Antique Costume.

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - A Procession, 17th century

Stefano Della Bella - A Procession, 17th century

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Death on a Battlefield, from 'The five deaths' (Les cinq Morts)

Death on a Battlefield, from 'The five deaths' (Les cinq Morts)

Etched by Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Fan with figures in a garden

Stefano Della Bella - Fan with figures in a garden

Attributed to Nicolas Cochin (French, Troyes 1610–1686 Paris)

Stefano Della Bella - Death Carrying a Child

Stefano Della Bella - Death Carrying a Child

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Genie of Drawing

Stefano Della Bella - Genie of Drawing

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - A Standing Soldier

Stefano Della Bella - A Standing Soldier

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Groups of Men Talking

Stefano Della Bella - Groups of Men Talking

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Ornamental Design with a Sphinx Bearing a Vessel on Her Head.

Ornamental Design with a Sphinx Bearing a Vessel on Her Head.

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

A nymph holding a large dog by the collar, or 'La belle chasseresse'

A nymph holding a large dog by the collar, or 'La belle chasseresse'

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Design for a Monstrance

Stefano Della Bella - Design for a Monstrance

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Men Loading Wagons

Stefano Della Bella - Men Loading Wagons

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Hungarian horseman riding towards the left, other horsemen in the background, a circular composition from 'Figures on Horseback' (Cavaliers nègres, polonais et hongrois)

Hungarian horseman riding towards the left, other horsemen in the back...

After Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Head of Old Man

Stefano Della Bella - Head of Old Man

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Procession of Six Horsemen in Profile View Facing Left.

Procession of Six Horsemen in Profile View Facing Left.

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Design for a Cartouche (recto); Designs for Frames (verso)

Design for a Cartouche (recto); Designs for Frames (verso)

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Man on Horseback seen in Profile View Facing Right.

Man on Horseback seen in Profile View Facing Right.

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Studies of Cavaliers

Stefano Della Bella - Studies of Cavaliers

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Design for a Vignette Accompanying a Publication on the Greek Alphabet

Design for a Vignette Accompanying a Publication on the Greek Alphabet

attributed to or after Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Design for A Sleigh in the Form of a Griffin, Drawn by a Horse.

Design for A Sleigh in the Form of a Griffin, Drawn by a Horse.

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

A Peasant on Horseback seen in Profile Facing Right; Two Studies of the Same Man's Head.

A Peasant on Horseback seen in Profile Facing Right; Two Studies of th...

Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Stefano Della Bella - Mask

Attributed to Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Hongaarse man met snor te paard naar links

Hongaarse man met snor te paard naar links

Een Hongaarse man met snor en een muts met pluim te paard naar links. Langs zijn zij hangen pijlen en een boog. Op de achtergrond mannen te paard.

Maria met het Christuskind en de jonge Johannes de Doper

Maria met het Christuskind en de jonge Johannes de Doper

Het Christuskind zit bij Maria op schoot en drinkt uit een schoteltje dat de jonge Johannes de Doper hem aanreikt.

De Dood met een vrouw over zijn schouder

De Dood met een vrouw over zijn schouder

De Dood als een skelet met een vrouw over zijn schouder. Op de achtergrond een tweede skelet met een vrouw in zijn armen.