Scena quinta d’Inferno [Fifth Scene of Hell], from Le Nozze degli Dei [The Marriage of the Gods], after Alfonso Parigi
21 cm x 29.4 cm (8 1/4 in. x 11 9/16 in.)
Stefano Della Bella
(Florence, Italy, 1610 - 1664, Florence, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2004
This plate comes from a series of eight that illustrate scenes from Alfonso’s Parigi’s production of the melodrama, The Wedding of the Gods. The production was staged in celebration of Ferdinando II de’ Medici’s marriage to Vittoria della Rovere, princess of Urbino. Stefano della Bella had succeeded Callot as official printmaker to the Medici. As Alfonso Parigi maintained the style of productions by his father, Giulio, so Della Bella respected artistic conventions going back to Cantagallina.