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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

Alfonso II Parigi (After)artist bio
Parigi, Alfonso II
b Florence, 13 July 1606; d Florence, 17 Oct 1656

Amadore Massi (Published by)artist bio
Massi, Amadore
b Forli, 1596; d Florence after 1654
Title / Description
Frontispiece to the series of Le Nozze degli dei (The Wedding of the Gods)
 
Date
1637
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
193 x 149 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Titled with several lines: 'LE NOZZE / DEGLI DEI / FAVOLVA [...]' and inscribed and signed lower right: 'Alfon. Parig.us In / Stef. Dell. Bella Del e F' and inscribed in the margin: 'In Firenze per Amadore Massi a Lorenzo Landi 1637 [...]'
State
only state
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
De Vesme and Massar 1971, no. 918 (only state) info
Alexandre de Vesme, revised by Phyllis Dearborn Massar, Stefano della Bella, New York, 1971

Caen 1998, no. 8 info
Stefano della Bella 1610-1664, ed. Joubert, Caroline, exhibition catalogue, Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts 1998

Karlsruhe 2005, no. 5 info
Stefano della Bella: Ein Meister der Barockradierung, ed. Schäfer, Dorit and Vollmer, Angela, exhibition catalogue, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle 2005
 
Comment
This series accompanied the libretto of the melodrama Le Nozze degli dei written by Giovanni Carlo Coppola and the Descrizione delle feste fatte in Firenze per le reali nozze di Ferdinando II gran duca di Toscana e Vittoria principessa di Urbino (Florence 1637), the official description of the festival organized to celebrate the marriage of the Grand Duke Ferdinando II de' Medici and Vittoria della Rovere. The performance, staged by Alfonso Parigi, took place in the Pitti Palace in Florence on 8 July 1637. Prints recording earlier intermezzi might have served as models for both Alfonso Parigi and Della Bella, such as the etching of Jacques Callot representing the Second Intermezzo of the performance La Liberazione di Tirreno et Arnea (1617) for the Inferno scene, or Remigio Cantagallina's series of the performance Il Giudizio di Paride (1608).
 
Inventory Number
25008
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 17th century: Mounted I
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