Artist Stefano della Bella, Italian, 1610-1664
  • Head of an Old Man
  • I principii del disegno (series title)
Date ca. 1641
Medium etching printed in black ink on laid paper
Dimensions Plate: 4 3/4 × 5 3/4 inches (12.1 × 14.6 cm)
Sheet: 7 1/8 × 9 inches (18.1 × 22.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps
Accession Number 09.1S127.3
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Marks Watermark, obscured by center of image: shield
Stamp, verso: Scripps (Lugt Suppl. 2357a) 1887 [date added in ink to the stamp]
Inscriptions Inscribed, in plate, lower left edge: S. D Bella in et fecit
Inscribed, center lower edge: Auec priuilege du Roy
Inscribed, lower right corner: 17
(dealer, Brussels, Belgium);
September 1887, James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
Mrs. James Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)