Untitled (Sketch of a Woman Carrying a Bundle and Female Figures)

Accession Number

Untitled (Sketch of a Woman Carrying a Bundle and Female Figures)

Stefano della Bella

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
pencil and ink on laid paper

13 in x 10 1/2 in (33.02 cm x 26.67 cm);6 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in (17.15 cm x 11.43 cm);12 1/2 in x 10 in (31.75 cm x 25.4 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 sheet with several small, rapidly executed sketches testifies to his practice of working directly from observation.

Physical Description
This ink sketch on paper contains a woman in the upper center hunched over with a bundle on her back. The lower half contains two female figures with an obscured female profile in between. On the left is a half-length figure of a woman seen from the back wearing a dress. In the center is the head of a woman in profile wearing a headscarf. On the right is a woman, drawn to her hemline, standing in three-quarters profile facing right, wearing a heavy robe.
The reverse has a sketch of a young male turning to face slightly backward with left arm upraised.

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Collection Area

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costume (mode of fashion)
drapery (representations)
drawings (visual works)
women (female humans)

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