Italian etcher and draughtsman, active also in France. He was a
prolific artist: 1052 prints are described in the catalogue raisonné
(de Vesme; rev. Massar, 1971) and thousands of his drawings are in
public and private collections. He was one of the greatest Italian
etchers, whose prints of battles and sieges, harbours, festivals,
plays and operas are filled with tiny figures and vividly suggest
many features of 17th-century urban and rural life. Della Bella’s
landscape etchings were an important influence on the prints of the
Lorraine artists François Collignon and Israël Silvestre. His work
was overlooked in the 19th century but in the 1960s and 1970s became
well known through exhibitions and scholarly publications,
distinguishing his work from that of Jacques Callot.
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