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A naval battle, a rowboat full of men to left, a sinking ship to right, two galleys battling in center, other ships battle to left in the background, from 'Various landscapes' (Divers paysages)

A galley covered in sails to left, six cannons and four people to left in foreground, one man seated at far left smoking a pipe, a man assisting others disembarking from rowboats to right, other rowboats and ships in the background, from 'Views of the port of Livorno' (Vues du port de Livourne)

A rowboat full of men at right, a ship with men descending into a rowboat behind to left, two men with a shotgun on a ship to left, another ship to far right in the background, from 'Set of eight nautical landscapes' (Suite de huit Marines)

Two men sitting to right, one man is smoking, five men standing in center, the bow of a ship on shore to right, two other ships to left in the background, from 'Set of eight nautical landscapes' (Suite de huit Marines)

A galley covered in sails to left, six cannons and four people to left in foreground, one man seated at far left smoking a pipe, a man assisting others disembarking from rowboats to right, other rowboats and ships in the background, from 'Views of the port of Livorno' (Vues du port de Livourne)

A galley embarking at center, seen from behind, the stern of another galley to right under a fire, eight men in a rowboat to left, from 'Varie figure'

A galley arriving at port to left, several rowboats in center, ships at port to right, from 'Set of eight nautical landscapes' (Suite de huit Marines)

A rowboat full of men in center, a group of men standing on shore at left, a ship full of men, one firing a pistol, at right, from 'Set of eight nautical landscapes' (Suite de huit Marines)

Plate 8: A the bow of a galley at left and another galley at right, seen from behind, two rowboats in center, a hill with a fortress in the background, from 'Various landscapes' (Divers paysages)

A ship disembarking to left, two galley slaves stand and one sits next to a barrel to right, various other figures on the shore, a mountain to right in the background, from 'Varie figure'

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Florentine artist Stefano Della Bella was among the best etchers of the Italian Baroque. He created about 1,050 prints and thousands of drawings. His earlier work was greatly influenced by the French Jacques Callot (1592-1635) who worked for the court of the Medici. Three of Stefano’s older brothers were artists. Della Bella probably learned etching from Remigio Cantagallina (1582/3-1656), who had been Callot’s teacher. Della Bella’s earliest prints date from around 1627. Della Bella received the patronage and a stipend from Lorenzo de’ Medici and studied in Rome. In 1639 he journeyed to Paris where Della Bella collected prints by Northern European artists, copied works by Rembrandt. He received commissions from Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin. His prints were innovative, seeming to look forward to the Rococo. Della Bella also engraved views of Paris. He visited Amsterdam in 1647. French anti-Italian feeling during the Fronde and the death of Mazarin during the late 1640s led to della Bella’s return to Florence. Della Bella produced some of his best work after his return. Della Bella is known to have illustrated some discoveries for Galileo and depicted Hansken the famous elephant, when dead. In his final years, he produced a number of prints experimenting with tonal effects attempting to achieve drawing effects in etching. In 1661 he appears to have suffered a stroke, after which he produced little work.

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Stefano Della Bella

Stefano della Bella (17 May 1610 – 12 July 1664) - prolific Italian draughtsman and printmaker.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
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