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Production People
Stefano della Bella (Print made by)artist bio
Bella, Stefano della
b Florence, 17 May 1610; d Florence, July 1664
Title / Description
A Black Cavalier, from the series of Cavaliers negres, polonais et hongrois
 
Date
c. 1651
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
186 x 185 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left: 'S. D. Della Bella' and inscribed with publisher's address lower right: 'Cum Priuil Regis'
State
second state of two
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
De Vesme and Massar 1971, no. 270 (second state of two) info
Alexandre de Vesme, revised by Phyllis Dearborn Massar, Stefano della Bella, New York, 1971

Caen 1998, no. 36 (for the series) info
Stefano della Bella 1610-1664, ed. Joubert, Caroline, exhibition catalogue, Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts 1998

Karlsruhe 2005, no. 56 (for the series) info
Stefano della Bella: Ein Meister der Barockradierung, ed. Schäfer, Dorit and Vollmer, Angela, exhibition catalogue, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle 2005
 
Comment
A copy of this print dated to 1648 indicates that Della Bella started working on this set in Paris, see Jolanta Talbierska, Stefano della Bella (1610-1664): Etchings from the Collection of the Print Room of the Warsaw University Library, Warsaw 2001, 179 p. Since the plates were preserved in the Collection of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, he probably finished the series after his return to Florence. The French privileges on some of the plates suggests that the artist planned to send them back to Paris. The lavished effect on the first impressions is a characteristic of his style in the early fifties. The series might have inspired Rembrandt's painting of the Polish Rider in Frick Collection, New York.
 
Inventory Number
19688
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 17th century: Mounted I
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