Etching, tightly trimmed to round shape ("tondo"), 8 5/8" by 8 5/8" (12" diameter in quality round, gold modern framing by Los Angeles framers Jerry Solomon Enterprises Inc.), the title "The Satyr Family", dating to 1657. This is a fine 17th century etching by a talented Old Master. Other than the tight trimming, as viewed casually, the print appears to be in generally clean condition; the very close up images indicate the presence of some light brownish discoloration in several areas, but again to the average viewer they would not be noticeable. The overall package is very pleasing, the work well protected and ready for decades of display. The artist, Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664), according to a Wikipedia biography, was known for having created 1052 prints, several thousand drawings, and only one known painting. He was born and died in Florence. Early art education there included study with Remigio Cantagallina, who had also taught Jacques Callot, and this is likely why Della Bella's works of the period resembled those of Callot. After Florence, the artist traveled to Rome, and, in 1639, to Paris, where he remained through 1650. The Paris years were apparently his most productive, by far, with the great majority of prints dating to those years. Della Bella was influenced by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists. He did travel to Holland, and as far afield as North Africa.
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