Death on the Battlefield

Stefano Della Bella (Italian, 1610-1664)

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Della Bella moved from Florence to Paris in 1639 hoping to inherit Jacques Callot's mantle of success as an etcher.

Like Callot's Miseries of War, Della Bella's Death on the Battlefield reflected the almost ceasless state of warfare that afflicted France through the 1640s.

"With the exception of Callot, Della Bella pleases me more than any other who engraves small . . . If I found myself obliged to dispose of many of my curiosities, his would be the last that I would consent to part with."

-- Pierre-Jean Marietta, about 1750

Purchased with money from the Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1986.

Object Information

Stefano Della Bella (Italian, 1610-1664)
creation date
about 1648
7 5/8 x 6 1/8 in. (sheet)
accession number
credit line
Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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