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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
The Statute of Ferdinand I, from the series of Vues du port de Livourne
 
Date
1655
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
256 x 371 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Dedication lower left: 'AL SER / PRINCIPE / DI / TOSCANA' and signed lower left: 'Ste. D. Bella. D.D.' and dated: '1655' and inscribed lower right: "Cum Priuil Reg. Chri'
State
first state of two
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
De Vesme and Massar 1971, no. 844 (first state of two) info
Alexandre de Vesme, revised by Phyllis Dearborn Massar, Stefano della Bella, New York, 1971

Caen 1998, no. 43-1 info
Stefano della Bella 1610-1664, ed. Joubert, Caroline, exhibition catalogue, Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts 1998

Karlsruhe 2005, no. 57a info
Stefano della Bella: Ein Meister der Barockradierung, ed. Schäfer, Dorit and Vollmer, Angela, exhibition catalogue, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle 2005
 
Comment
The series was executed in Florence between 1654 and 1655. The insertion of the Privilege of the French king Louis XIV on three plates, inv. nos 19996, 19998, and 20000, indicates that Della Bella intended to publish the series in France as well. This print represents the monument of the Quattro Mori. The statue of Ferdinand I de' Medici was made by Giovanni Bandini between 1595 and 1599, while the figures of the slaves were added by Pietro Tacca between 1617 and 1626. A sketch is preserved in the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence, inv. no. 5888 S.
 
Inventory Number
19996
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 17th century: Mounted I
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