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Last NameBella    
Given NameStefano della    
alt. NamesS. d. B. ; Stephano / Stefano / Etienne / Étienne della‏ Bella ;    
Year born1610 n Florence, Italy    
Year died1664    
Place of deathFlorence, Italy    
Father's occupationfamily of artists    
Relativesfamily of artists    
Educationapprenticed to a goldsmith, but became an engraver working briefly under Orazio Vanni & Cesare Dandini; studied etching under Remigio Cantagallina    
Country of ActivityItaly    
Worked forfrontispieces of Galileo Galilei: Dialogo sopre i due massimi sistemi del mondo tolemaica e copernica, 1632; Opere 1655/56; S.d.B.: Diverses Testes & Figures, Paris 1650    
PatronageMedici (living for six years in the Medici palace in Rome); Prof. dei disegno da Cimabue    
Techniquesarchaeological, architectural, historical & topographic copper engraving & etching; esp. also frontispieces    
Archival sourcesMassar, Phyllis Dearborn. Bella, Stefano della. In Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online    
Published sourcesClaus Zittel: Zeichenkunst und Wissenschaft-S.de B.s Frontispize zu Werken Galileis, in: Tintenfass & Teleskop, 2014:370ff.; F. Baldinucci: Vita di St.d.B., in: Cominciamento...Florence 1686: 602-19; David Klemm: von der Schönheit der Linie, Hamburg 2013:80-83; Dagmar Korbacher 2011; AKL; ...    
other Italian draughtsman & printmaker known for etchings of military and court scenes, landscapes, frontispieces of books & lively genre scenes    

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