Stefano DELLA BELLA (Florence 1610 - Florence 1664)
A Battle Scene with Soldiers Standing by Cannons, with Cavalry and Infantry Beyond Sold
Pen and brown ink, with framing lines in brown ink.63 x 114 mm. (2 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)ENQUIRE
Similar wheeled cannons are found in a number of prints by Stefano della Bella of military subjects, dating from his Parisian period. These include two prints from a series of fourteen etchings published as Recueil de diverses pièces très nécessaires à la fortification, as well as one etching from the series Dessins de quelques conduites de troupes. The present sheet is perhaps closest in overall composition, however, to three prints from the series Varii capricci militari, several of which depict the siege of Arras by the French in 1640, and published in Paris the following year.
Private collection, Switzerland.