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The Discerning Eye: Collecting Della Bella and Callot

The Discerning Eye: Collecting Della Bella and Callot
Stefano Della Bella
Sept yeux, dont cinq au trait et deux ombres... 1641
Mackelvie Trust Collection
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982

Exhibition Details

Prints flourished in 17th-century Europe, a period characterised by a passion and curiosity for art that fuelled zealous collecting of paintings, sculptures and prints. Valued for their intimate dimensions, relative affordability and wide breadth of subject matter, engravings and etchings were an increasingly respected medium through which collectors could satisfy their delight in the visual world and proclaim their knowledge and wealth.

French artist Jacques Callot (1592–1635) and Italian Stefano Della Bella (1610–1664) worked within this context.  Both artists used their innovative artistic skills to forge a profitable and distinctive niche for themselves within the 17th century print-market.  Sought-after commodities, their prints were bought by enthusiastic collectors and were commissioned by members of the elite to showcase power, magnificence and military might.  Replete with dynamic interactions of varied lines and figures, Della Bella and Callot’s etchings reveal the lively spirit driving the 17th century’s passion for prints.  

 

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Emma Jameson
Location
Mezzanine level
Cost
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Le rocher des philosophes, ou le Mont Parnasse
Le rocher des philosophes, ou le Mont Parnasse

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1660
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
265 x 210 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/1
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L'entree d'une forteresse
L'entree d'une forteresse

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
circa 1639
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
110 x 252 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/31
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Title page - Entrance to a Fortress
Title page - Entrance to a Fortress

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1638-1643
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
107 x 251 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/6
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Cavalry Battle
Cavalry Battle

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1642-1647
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
108 x 160 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/3
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Tete de vieillard a demi chauve, avec grande barbe, ...
Tete de vieillard a demi chauve, avec grande barbe, ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
115 x 150 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/56
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Quatre pieds gauches, dont trois ombres et un au trait
Quatre pieds gauches, dont trois ombres et un au trait

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
125 x 150 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/46
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Tete de soldat effraye, qui crie ...
Tete de soldat effraye, qui crie ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
115 x 150 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/63
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Une mendiante marche vers la gauche en portant son enfant sur son dos et un autre dans ses bras; un troisieme enfant marche devant elle
Une mendiante marche vers la gauche en portant son enfant sur son dos et un autr...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
circa 1647
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
80 x 100 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/22
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A gauche, une pauvre femme, vue par derriere et envelopp'ee dans un chale, ...
A gauche, une pauvre femme, vue par derriere et envelopp'ee dans un chale, ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
circa 1647
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
80 x 100 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/21
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Conduite de canons
Conduite de canons

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1638-1643
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
99 x 251 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/33
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Autre combat naval ...
Autre combat naval ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1638-1643
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
103 x 251 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/37
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Trois orgilles, un nez en profil et une bouche
Trois orgilles, un nez en profil et une bouche

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
125 x 150 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/42
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Sept yeux, dont cinq au trait et deux ombres ...
Sept yeux, dont cinq au trait et deux ombres ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
125 x 150 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/41
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Au milieu, le dessus d'une main gauche; aux quatre angles, quatre autres mains plus petites
Au milieu, le dessus d'une main gauche; aux quatre angles, quatre autres mains p...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
125 x 150 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/44
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The grand staircase, in front of the villa, flanked by obelisks. Le grand perron. La villa est au milieu, flanquee ....
The grand staircase, in front of the villa, flanked by obelisks. Le grand perron...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1650-1656
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
243 x 373 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/82
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L'allee des fontaines. Elle va de gauche a droite et conduit a la villa, ...
L'allee des fontaines. Elle va de gauche a droite et conduit a la villa, ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1650-1656
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
242 x 374 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/81
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Le Pont Neuf, a Paris
Le Pont Neuf, a Paris

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1646
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
358 x 683 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/86
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Plan et vue de la ville d'Arras
Plan et vue de la ville d'Arras

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
315 x 515 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/87
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Une dame, coiffee d'une aigrette et relevant son manteau, vue de dos entre deux hommes
Une dame, coiffee d'une aigrette et relevant son manteau, vue de dos entre deux...

Jacques Callot

Production date
1632
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
62 x 82 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/767
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Une dame, le poing gauche sur la hanche, vue de face entre deux hommes
Une dame, le poing gauche sur la hanche, vue de face entre deux hommes

Jacques Callot

Production date
1632
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
64 x 83 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/770
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Cavalry combat with pistols
Cavalry combat with pistols

Jacques Callot

Production date
circa 1632-circa 1635
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
46 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/731
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Le combat a lepee
Le combat a lepee

Jacques Callot

Production date
circa 1632-circa 1635
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
46 x 93 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/733
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The Marriage of Ferdinand de' Medici and Christine of Lorraine (Le mariage de Ferdinando)
The Marriage of Ferdinand de' Medici and Christine of Lorraine (Le mariage de Fe...

Jacques Callot

Production date
circa 1614
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
225 x 300 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/4
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La dame au masque
La dame au masque

Jacques Callot

Production date
1624
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
144 x 93 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/207
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Le gentilhomme aux mains jointes
Le gentilhomme aux mains jointes

Jacques Callot

Production date
1624
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
145 x 91 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/206
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Portrait du Prince de Phalsbourg
Portrait du Prince de Phalsbourg

Jacques Callot

Production date
1623
Medium
etching and burin
Size (h x w)
285 x 338 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/181
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La promenade
La promenade

Jacques Callot

Production date
1621
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
52 x 79 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/140
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Le feu d'artifice sur l'Arno
Le feu d'artifice sur l'Arno

Jacques Callot

Production date
1621
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
52 x 73 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/150
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Officer with Feathers in Cap, Seen from Behind
Officer with Feathers in Cap, Seen from Behind

Jacques Callot

Production date
1621-1624
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
85 x 85 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Estate of Max and Lois Pearl, 2016
Accession no
2016/19/3
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Varie Figure di Jacopo Callot (frontispiece)
Varie Figure di Jacopo Callot (frontispiece)

Jacques Callot

Production date
1621-1624
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
88 x 96 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Estate of Max and Lois Pearl, 2016
Accession no
2016/19/1
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Les troupes forcent la porte d'une ville (The troops storm the gates of a city)
Les troupes forcent la porte d'une ville (The troops storm the gates of a city)

Jacques Callot

Production date
1615-1619
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
225 x 302 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/13
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Assaut de deux fortresses (Storming of two fortresses)
Assaut de deux fortresses (Storming of two fortresses)

Jacques Callot

Production date
1615-1619
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
225 x 297 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/18
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Breaking on the wheel
Breaking on the wheel

Jacques Callot

Production date
1633
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
83 x 185 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/36
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Pillaging and burning a village
Pillaging and burning a village

Jacques Callot Israel Henriet

Production date
1633
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
84 x 188 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/6/9/6
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Capture of the Resistance
Capture of the Resistance

Jacques Callot Israel Henriet

Production date
1633
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
85 x 188 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/6/9/8
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Distribution of rewards
Distribution of rewards

Jacques Callot Israel Henriet

Production date
1633
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
85 x 187 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/6/9/17
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Combat d'Avigliano
Combat d'Avigliano

Jacques Callot

Production date
circa 1630-circa 1661
Medium
etching
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/818
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1er Intermede: Le g'eant Tiphee sous le mont Ischia (First Interlude: The giant Typheus on Mount Ischia)
1er Intermede: Le g'eant Tiphee sous le mont Ischia (First Interlude: The giant...

Jacques Callot

Production date
1616
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
285 x 202 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/26
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A Polish Hussar seen in profile, facing right
A Polish Hussar seen in profile, facing right

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1648-1653
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
175 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/13
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Statue colossale de l'Apennin (Colossal statue of the Apennine)
Statue colossale de l'Apennin (Colossal statue of the Apennine)

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
circa 1652
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
245 x 383 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/85
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Head of a Woman
Head of a Woman

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1645-1650
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
79 x 98 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Professor A S G Green, 1976
Accession no
1976/9/2
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Head of an Old Soldier Looking Upwards
Head of an Old Soldier Looking Upwards

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1645-1650
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
87 x 71 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Professor A S G Green, 1976
Accession no
1976/9/3
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Two Young Girls Walking
Two Young Girls Walking

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1644-1647
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
80 x 95 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/89
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Une batterie de canons tire contre une ville qu'on apercoit dans le lointain a'droite
Une batterie de canons tire contre une ville qu'on apercoit dans le lointain a'd...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
85 x 140 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/30
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A droite, tete de vieux soldat ...
A droite, tete de vieux soldat ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1641
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
105 x 148 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/47
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Une fete sur la place de la Siguoria, de Florence
Une fete sur la place de la Siguoria, de Florence

Jacques Callot

Production date
1621
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
60 x 83 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/77
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Le gentilhomme au grand manteau, vu de face
Le gentilhomme au grand manteau, vu de face

Jacques Callot

Production date
1621
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
57 x 86 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/53
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Le parterre de Nancy
Le parterre de Nancy

Jacques Callot

Production date
1625
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
240 x 383 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/2/208
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Un homme envelopp'e dans son manteau, ...
Un homme envelopp'e dans son manteau, ...

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
circa 1647
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
81 x 98 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/1/17