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Heads of a Man and a Horse

about 1646
Stefano Della Bella (Italian, 1610–1664)

Catalogue Raisonné

De Vesme/Massar 396, only state (but see note)


Sheet: 3.1 x 8 cm (1 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.) Platemark: 2.7 x 7.6 cm (1 1/16 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



This is a later impression, with the number “28” in the lower right; also, the lightly etched (or possibly drypoint) lines that appear in the man’s hair and lower bust and in the horse’s mane in earlier impressions have disappeared, and a diagonal line c. 6 mm long has been added to the horse’s muzzle. With respect to the number, see the notes in De Vesme/Massar, pp. 97-98.


Verso, left, stamped in violet ink, the mark of the MFA Harvey D. Parker Collection (Lugt 1870)


Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(cf. Lugt 1309); purchased by MFA November 1897

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund