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Stag Hunt in Fan Shape

A work made of fan-shaped etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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




Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610-1664

About this artwork

Stefano della Bella made several printed fans that were meant to be cut out, mounted, and used, an application inspired by a fan Jacques Callot made in 1619 for the Medici family. A unique example in a canonical folding fan shape depicts a stag hunt. This undated proof is trimmed just outside the platemark, showing that the plate was cut to follow the shape of the accessory it depicted. The lively intertwining of the floral wreaths along the borders and around the main action emphasizes the sense of three-dimensionality that would result when the print was fully constructed.


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Stefano della Bella


Stag Hunt in Fan Shape


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1630–1664


Fan-shaped etching in black on ivory laid paper


23.5 × 45 cm (9 5/16 × 17 3/4 in.)

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Stanley Field Fund

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