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Equestrian Ballet in the Amphitheater of the Boboli Gardens

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

Grand Duke Ferdinand II of Tuscany commissioned Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686) to design the festivities in honor of his son’s marriage, which was held over twenty days. Their ambitious plans for an equestrian ballet required the enlargement of the Boboli Gardens amphitheater. Here, Cosimo III is shown as Hercules on horseback wearing an elaborate headdress, and Atlas stands in the center of the arena. After announcing his reason for being there, Atlas and his globe split in two, becoming Mount Atlas surrounded by the Four Continents, and they sing praise to the newlyweds before the equestrian ballet begins.


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Stefano della Bella


Equestrian Ballet in the Amphitheater of the Boboli Gardens


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1661


Etching on ivory laid paper


Image/plate: 29.2 × 44.5 cm (11 1/2 × 17 9/16 in.); Sheet: 39.2 × 54.8 cm (15 7/16 × 21 5/8 in.)

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The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

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