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Frontispiece, from Les Oeuvres de Scarron

1649
17th century
20.8 cm x 15.6 cm (8 3/16 in. x 6 1/8 in.)

Stefano Della Bella (Florence, Italy, 1610 - 1664, Florence, Italy) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1981
Accession Number: 1981.93

The early realistic novelist and burlesque playwright Paul Scarron (1610-1660) was apparently well known also for his physical deformities. Concealing the writer behind a draped chair while he entertains a group (perhaps of his own characters), this unconventional frontispiece cleverly refers to the nature of both his works and appearance.

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