Three Camels, from Têtes de different animaux [Heads of various animals]
11.9 cm x 15.1 cm (4 11/16 in. x 5 15/16 in.)
Stefano Della Bella
(Florence, Italy, 1610 - 1664, Florence, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Della Bella's compositions are developed with the insistent rhythm and rich atmosphere of full Baroque painting, and they are articulated with a busy, lightly bitten line that gives them the appearance of delicate pen-and-ink drawings. Executed in the first years of a sojourn in Paris, his Camels is an especially swift and delightful sketch. Etchings by Della Bella are relatively common, but rarely seen in early states or such fine impressions.