Untitled (Studies of Female Heads)

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Untitled (Studies of Female Heads)

Stefano della Bella

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
ink on laid paper

14 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in (36.83 cm x 29.21 cm);4 7/8 in x 4 1/8 in (12.38 cm x 10.48 cm);14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

Credit Line
Joseph F. McCrindle Collection

Subject matter
Stefano della Bella was one of the most talented and prolific draftsmen and printmakers of the seventeenth century.  This drawing showcases his finesse and artistic individuality.  

Physical Description
These ink sketches, on a portion of a larger sheet, depict different female heads, most ornamented with accessories. A study of a woman’s face in profile fills the upper left corner. Her hair is bound. A nearly frontal view of another woman’s face is at the center bottom of the sheet. She looks down to her left and wears a jeweled headpiece or crown. Three other smaller and more lightly sketched heads also appear on the sheet, two along the left edge and one on the right.

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drawings (visual works)
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