[The Aveunue of Fountains, Pratolino]
Etching, platemark 255 x 375mm (10 x 14¾")
One from the set of six views that Stefano della Bella (1610-64) produced of the villa at Pratolino, near Florence. Built for Francesco I de'Medici in the sixteenth century, the villa was praised by Montaigne, amongst others. This view shows the spectacular path from the garden to the villa, along which the visitor walks beneath a succession of fountain jets. After being left unattended for much of the eighteenth century, the villa was demolished in 1820 and the garden was redesigned. It is now part of the Villa Demidoff, as it was named by a Russian industrialist who owned the site in the nineteenth century.
De Vesme 839 ii/iii
[Ref: 31936] £320.00