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

artist
Stefano Della Bella (Italian, 1610-1664)
creation date
about 1648
materials
etching
dimensions
7 5/8 x 6 1/8 in. (sheet)
accession number
1986.9
credit line
Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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