The Medici Vase, plate one from The Six Large Views of Rome and the Campagna

A work made of etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1656

Artist:

Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610-1664

About this artwork

This etching is generally considered the earliest and most beautiful of the numerous renditions of the famed Medici Vase. Created in Athens in the first century A.D. and featuring a frieze of Iphigenia crouching beneath a statue of Diana flanked by warriors, the white marble vase was one of many highly celebrated ancient artworks that the Medici family collected in the 16th century at their Roman villa. In this print, Stefano della Bella depicted the young Cosimo III de’ Medici, the artist’s pupil and future Grand Duke of Tuscany, drawing this symbol of Italian affluence.

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Artist

Stefano della Bella

Title

The Medici Vase, plate one from The Six Large Views of Rome and the Campagna

Origin

Italy

Date

1656

Medium

Etching and engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

303 x 272 mm (image); 309 x 275 mm (sheet; trimmed within plate)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1972.776

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