Requires Photography

Three Studies of Heads

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

Catalogue Raisonné

De Vesme/Massar 0422, only state (but see note)


Sheet: 5.2 x 8.4 cm (2 1/16 x 3 5/16 in.)(trimmed within platemark at sides) Platemark: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)(height)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



The platemark in this impression has a height of 48 mm, compared to a height of at least 55 mm for the impression 1981.206. Thus, the plate was cut down at some point. De Vesme/Massar describes only one state, with dimensions of 47 x 80 mm, although the illustration is of the state before the plate was cut down.


On verso of backing sheet, lower right, 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