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The Colossal Statue of the Apennines, from Views of Villa di Pratolino

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1653

Artist:

Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610-1664

About this artwork

On the outskirts of Florence, the Villa di Pratolino and its resplendent gardens and grottoes were built by the grand duke of Tuscany. Francesco de’ Medici constructed it for his mistress, Bianca Cappello, who later became his second wife. This view shows the gigantic statue personifying the Apennine Mountains, a masterpiece made in 1579–80 by the late Renaissance sculptor Giambologna.
The fantastical setting was a fitting subject for Stefano della Bella’s energetic yet delicate linework. His etchings of the Villa di Pratolino were so popular, the plates continued to be printed into the 18th century.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Stefano della Bella

Title

The Colossal Statue of the Apennines, from Views of Villa di Pratolino

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1652–1655

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

244 × 384 mm (image); 255 × 387 mm (plate); 329 × 450 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Donnelley Fund

Reference Number

1990.501.6

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