Francesco de Medici, Prince of Tuscany

A work made of etching and engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving on cream laid paper.

Date:

1634

Artist:

Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610-1664

About this artwork

This posthumous portrait of Francesco de Medici was made for his funeral book. The young prince, who was studying for a career in the military arts, fell victim to the plague at the Siege of Ratisbon in 1634, when he was only 20 years old. In this portrait, Stefano della Bella depicted Francesco as a military man—both dressed in and framed by armor and a sword—with a battle taking place in the distance. The fine line work in this print is a testament to the artist’s prowess as a printmaker, particularly the delicate rendering of the prince’s face and the background fighting.

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Artist

Stefano della Bella

Title

Francesco de Medici, Prince of Tuscany

Origin

Italy

Date

1634

Medium

Etching and engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

171 x 120 mm (plate); 203 x 132 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Hannan Fund

Reference Number

1949.5

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