Details: Pen and brown ink sketch titled "A Muse with a Laurel Wreath, resting her head on her hand" with inscriptions 'Stefanino' and N 311 both twice on the mount. Beautifully framed in a distressed, burnish gold finished multi-bevelled frame with plexiglass. Matted in ivory colored silk with a delicate blue and gold leafed edge. Purchased from Christie's in 1995 (sticker on the back). From an exposé written about an exhibit of "Old Master Drawings" in 2016 : "anyone owning one of his (della Bella's) etchings is the lucky possessor of a delightfully refined work of Baroque art."
A Bit About the Artist: Stefano della Bella (May 18, 1610-July 12, 1664) was an Italian draughtsman and printmaker from Florence known for etchings of a great variety of subjects. Considered to be one of the greatest graphic masters of the 17th century, working mainly in Rome and Paris, he left 1052 prints, several thousand drawings and only 1 known painting. The patronage of the Medicis enabled Della Bella to live and study for six years in Rome, living in the Medici palace, producing vedute and drawings of antiquities as well as crowded images of public occasions in a series of sketchbooks. Upon his return to Florence, he instructed both Cosimo III de Medici and Antonio Francesco Lucini in drawing.
Dimensions: Frame=12.5"w x 1.25"d x 14.25"h Art= 4 3/8" x 6"h (2.5 lbs)
Note: A related study, with a muse leaning on a plinth, presumably intended for an etched title page, is at Windsor Castle, A. Blunt, "The drawings of G.B. Castiglione & Stefano della Bella in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen", London 1954, no. 14, pl. 4.
Condition: A few nicks on the frame and the paper has some spots that may be from age or maybe from the type of paper on which the artwork was drawn.