Stefano DELLA BELLA (Florence 1610 - Florence 1664)

A Rocky Outcrop with Trees Sold

Black chalk and grey ink and grey wash on laid paper; a page from a sketchbook.
305 x 213 mm. (12 x 8 3/8 in.)


As the scholar Phyllis Massar has noted of the artist, ‘A large number of Della Bella’s surviving drawings testify to his lifelong interest in outdoor sketching. Sometimes he set himself the problem of translating accurately into prints his light pencil sketches or his drawings made with fine-point pen and light wash.’ Although neither of the present pair of landscapes can be regarded as a study for any print by Della Bella, they come closest in style and effect to a set of four etchings of trees, published in Paris.

Among comparable large landscape drawings with prominent trees by Stefano della Bella is a sheet in the Uffizi.

Anonymous sale (‘A Collection of Drawings by Stefano della Bella’), London, Christie’s, 5 July 2005, part of lot 50
Private collection, Switzerland.


A Rocky Outcrop with Trees


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