Stefano della BELLA (Florence 1610-1664) Study... - Lot 18 - Crait + Müller

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Stefano della BELLA (Florence 1610-1664) Study... - Lot 18 - Crait + Müller
Stefano della BELLA (Florence 1610-1664) Study for The entry of the Polish ambassador to Rome in 1633 Pen and brown ink, brown wash. 17 x 24 cm Annotated on the back Stefano della Bella / No. 36. Our drawing is undoubtedly a study for The Entry of the Polish Ambassador to Rome in 1633, one of the first engravings made upon his arrival in Rome by Stefano della Bella. This is a major work in the artist's career both in terms of importance and size. The engraving consists of six leaves accompanied by an explanatory caption and a dedication to Lorenzo de Medici. The Louvre has a preparatory overall drawing on four leaves, (see F. Viatte, Inventaire général des dessins italiens II, dessins de Stefano della Bella 1610 - 1664, Paris 1974, no. 12, reproduced). There are many drawings of horsemen and cavalcades that can be related to this engraving without della Bella necessarily having used them in the realization of her final work. The large drawing in the Louvre thus presents important variants with the engraving. The small studies could also be used in the views of Rome that Stefano della Bella later produced. In any case, all these drawings were executed by della Bella according to his habit on the spot as a spectator of the event. The account of this entry was published in Rome in 1633 by Paolo Masotti, but the engraving does not illustrate it. Prince Jerzy Ossolinski entered Rome on 27 November 1633 as envoy of the Polish King Ladislaus IV to Pope Urban VIII. The purpose of his important cortege was to pay tribute to the Pope, the new King of Poland having been elected the previous year, to settle certain political issues, but also to create a spectacular image of Poland intended to impress its European neighbours. The subject also inspired Bernardo Belloto to a huge
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