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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

Nicolas I Langlois (Published by)artist bio
Langlois, Nicolas I
b 1640; d 1703
Title / Description
Earth, from the series of Les quatre Eléments
 
Date
c. 1648
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
88 x 191 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left: 'Stef. de la Bella inuent fecit' and titled at centre: 'TERRA' and inscribed with publisher's address lower right: 'ex. Cum Priuil. Regis Christ.
State
first state of three
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
De Vesme and Massar 1971, no. 753 (first state of
three) info
Alexandre de Vesme, revised by Phyllis Dearborn Massar, Stefano della Bella, New York, 1971

Karlsruhe 2005, no. 34a info
Stefano della Bella: Ein Meister der Barockradierung, ed. Schäfer, Dorit and Vollmer, Angela, exhibition catalogue, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle 2005
 
Comment
This series served as a source for Rayner Nooms's series of prints representing the Four Elements. Dorit Shäfer dates the series c. 1646-47; see Karlsruhe 2005. There is a preparatory drawing in reverse in the Royal Collection, Windsor, RCIN 904617.
 
Inventory Number
19942
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 17th century: Mounted I
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