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Rébus on the subject of fortune, a riddle depicted on drapery surrounded by a frame, an oval composition

Artist:
Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)
Date:
ca. 1637–42
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 5/16 x 8 3/8 in. (28.8 x 21.3 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Phyllis Massar, 2011
Accession Number:
2012.136.432.1
Not on view
The interpretation of the riddle per line is as follows:
'Fortuna e dormi / Ogni uno balla a cui Fortuna suona / Chi ha la Fortuna ogni tantin di chiave, basti. / Ognuno sa navicar quando fa sol e vento. / Migliore è un'oncia di fortuna che due libbre di sapere / Più fortuna che seno.'
Inscription: Lettered at bottom left on frame: 'SDB'
Phyllis D. Massar; Donor: Phyllis D. Massar
De Vesme/Massar 111.689
Alexandre de Vesme, Phyllis D. Massar Stefano della Bella. Catalogue Raisonné. New York, 1971, cat. no. 111.689.



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