Bella, Stefano della
1610, Florence — 1664, Florence
Florentine artist and engraver.
At first he studied jewelry and medal design. From 1623 – under engraver Orazio Vanni; then studied painting under Giovanni Battista Vanni and Cesare Dandini.
The first independent attempts della Bella relating to the years 1626– 1627, when he worked in Florence. In 1633–1639, he studied in Rome at the expense of the famous patron of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Lorenzo de Medici. Sometimes he came to Florence, where he made decorations for celebrations on request. He studied graphic art at the Remigio Kantagalin’s workshop, who was a teacher of Jacques Callo. Stefano della Bella copied the graphic works of Jacques Callo and Callo’s artistic manner significantly influenced his own works.
Around 1640 he moved to Paris, where he performed engraving for the French publisher and engraver Israël Henriet (ca. 1590, Nancy – 1661, Paris). In 1650, the artist returned to Italy. Last years of his life, he spent in Florence. He was one of the greatest Italian masters whose engravings depicting battles and sieges, harbors, landscapes, holidays, performed by tiny figures, clearly show the peculiarities of urban and rural life of the XVII century.