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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 Large Inhabited Tree, plate 1 from the series of Vues de la villa de Pratolino
 
Date
c. 1653
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
252 x 367 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left: '[...] Bella'
State
first state of two
 
Provenance
Stephan Delhaes (Lugt 761)
 
References
De Vesme and Massar 1971, no. 838 (first state of two) info
Alexandre de Vesme, revised by Phyllis Dearborn Massar, Stefano della Bella, New York, 1971

Boston, Cleveland, and Washington 1989, no. 124 info
Italian Etchers of the Renaissance and the Baroque, Sue Welsh Reed and Richard Wallace (eds), exhibition catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, and National Gallery of Art, Washington 1989

Caen 1998, no. 42-1 info
Stefano della Bella 1610-1664, ed. Joubert, Caroline, exhibition catalogue, Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts 1998

Karlsruhe 2005, no. 63a info
Stefano della Bella: Ein Meister der Barockradierung, ed. Schäfer, Dorit and Vollmer, Angela, exhibition catalogue, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle 2005
 
Comment
The plates of the series, numbered in their second state, show the main attractions of the park of Pratolino proceeding from south to north. There is no consensus about the dating: De Vesme dates it around 1653 (De Vesme and Massar 1971) similarly to Caroline Joubert (Caen 1998), while according to Jessica Mack-Andrick it was made in the second half of the 1650s (Karlsruhe 2005). The plates were preserved in Florentine collections at the end of the eighteenth century, and new impressions were made to illustrate Bernardone Sansone Sgrilli's Descrizione della reale villa, fontane e fabbriche di Pratolino, Florence 1742.
 
Inventory Number
19987
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 17th century: Mounted I
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