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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
Screen with Rebus in Italian on the Subject of Love
 
Date
c. 1648-50
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
289 x 209 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left with monogram SDB. The interpretation of the riddle per line is as follows: 'Ove è Amore è fedeltà / Amor solicito è segreto. / Dove è Amore è gelosia. / Amore è cieco e vede di lontano. / Amore passa il guanto e l'acqua li stivali. / Amor Amore, tu sei la mia rovina.'
State
only state
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
De Vesme and Massar 1971, no. 688 (only state) info
Alexandre de Vesme, revised by Phyllis Dearborn Massar, Stefano della Bella, New York, 1971

Caen 1998, no. 30 info
Stefano della Bella 1610-1664, ed. Joubert, Caroline, exhibition catalogue, Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts 1998

Karlsruhe 2005, no. 55a info
Stefano della Bella: Ein Meister der Barockradierung, ed. Schäfer, Dorit and Vollmer, Angela, exhibition catalogue, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle 2005
 
Comment
The print together with its pendant (inv. no. 19891) might have served as decoration of a fan. According to De Vesme the print was executed around 1639, but recent literature dates it around his return to Italy, around 1648-50 on the basis of the preparatory drawings and style. The Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris has a letter of Della Bella similarly written in the form of rebus, see Département des Estampes et photographie, RESERVE B-3A-FOL.
 
Inventory Number
19890
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 17th century: Mounted I
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