Stefano della Bella (Biographical details)

Stefano della Bella (printmaker; Italian; Male; 1610 - 1664)

Also known as

Bella, Stefano della; della Bella, Stefano

Biography

Etcher, born Florence; patronised by the Medici, and spent much time in Rome from 1633-9. To Paris in train of the Florentine ambassador to France in 1639, where remained working for French publishers until the anti-Italian disturbances of the Fronde in 1650 took him back to Florence. Etcher of vast range of subjects, including playing-cards.
The main BM collection is on the database, but a large number of duplicate impressions, housed in five post-binders, is not yet catalogued.

Bibliography

Jombert, Paris 1772
de Vesme/Massar, 'Catalogue Raisonné', New York, 1971 (being a revised edition by Phyllis Massar of de Vesme's catalogue of 1906)
(reviewed by Anna Forlani Tempesta in Paragone 279 (1973), pp.54-76)