Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) - ‘Diverses exercices de cavalerie...’ 1642 First state.

Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) - ‘Diverses exercices de cavalerie...’ 1642 First state.
Etching - Unsigned - 1642/46 with certificate of authenticity

Original work by Stefano Della Bella from: ‘Diverses exercices de cavalerie Dedié A Monseur Destillac Enfant d’honneur du Roy.’
Fine laid paper.
Published in Paris by Israël Henriet without date (chronologically placed around 1642, for De Vesme and 1646, for Massar) made to pay homage to Louis XIV with a dedication to the young knight of the King’s court of honour, Destissac. Unique run.
Original etching in a single run.
On the plate, on the right bottom edge, is the signature by the printer ‘Israel ex. cum privil’.

This work is part of a series of 19 small prints dedicated to one of the disciplines that - in the seventeenth century - were considered indispensable for the education of the true gentleman: horse riding.
The imaginative Florentine artist dedicated the suite to Monsieur Destissac, enfant d'honneur of the very young king of France Louis XIV.

We know that the king began to be trained in equitation at the age of seven, in 1645: the making of these Diverses exercises can therefore be reasonably placed around that date.
The energy that animates them is not at all undermined by the small dimensions: the eye of the observer indeed takes great pleasure in considering the precious minuteness of the scenes, mindful of the great Lorraine engraver Jacques Callot.

Copy preserved in very good condition, with narrow margins.
From a private collection.
Certified work.

Lot details
Stefano Della Bella ( 1610-1664)
Title of artwork
"Diverses exercices de cavalerie..." 1642 Primo stato
1642/46 con certificato d'autenticità
Not signed
In good condition
Sold with frame
Total dimensions
90×70×1 mm
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