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The Opening Assembly of the Equestrian Ballet

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.




Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610-1664

About this artwork

Influenced by the graphic work of Jacques Callot, a French artist working in Italy, Stefano della Bella was trained by a goldsmith, who taught him metalworking techniques for creating objects in miniature. This print records a festival held at the Pitti Palace by Ferdinando Tacca for Grand Duke Ferdinand II de’Medici. Over one thousand prints by della Bella’s hand are known, and this type marks the culmination of his career.


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Stefano della Bella


The Opening Assembly of the Equestrian Ballet


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1661


Etching on ivory laid paper


Image/plate: 29.3 × 44.3 cm (11 9/16 × 17 1/2 in.); Sheet: 39.2 × 54.2 cm (15 7/16 × 21 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

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