5 July 2005
Stefano della Bella (Florence 1610-1664)
A study for a frontispiece: The Trinity crowning the Virgin, and studies of a man with a horse, a jumping horse, a hand and a building on a crag (recto); A bearded rider (verso)
inscribed 'SALTERO o vero..' (in reverse)
black lead, pen and brown ink, watermark monti
7 7/8 x 11 in. (195 x 278 mm.)
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Alexandre de Vesme dates the print to which this drawing is related to 1633, and notes that it is very rare. An impression is in the Albertina, but the complete book for which this serves as the frontispiece is untraceable.
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