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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.




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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Stefano della Bella


Francesco de Medici, Prince of Tuscany


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1634


Etching and engraving on cream laid paper


Plate: 17.1 × 12 cm (6 3/4 × 4 3/4 in.); Sheet: 20.3 × 13.2 cm (8 × 5 1/4 in.)

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Hannan Fund

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