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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.

Date:

1661

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Stefano della Bella

Title

Equestrian Ballet in the Amphitheater of the Boboli Gardens

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1661

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

292 × 445 mm (image/plate); 392 × 548 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

1995.28

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