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printed and original garden plans, views, and unusual artifacts
relating to the history of gardens and horticulture. Further
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(Pratolino) DELLA BELLA, Stephano. "View Of The Grotto Of
Pan And Fame."
Della Bella's evocative etching of the
grotto of Pan and Fame in the Renaissance Italian villa garden at
Pratolino. The impression is a double view, presenting opposite ends of
the grotto side by side. On opposite sides of the statue
representing the river Mugrone are seen Pan playing his flute and Fame
sounding her trumpet, both of them animated as hydraulic
automatons. This is one of six views by Della Bella which depict
this stunning Medici garden, created by the Florentine architect
Buontalenti. "In terms of hydraulic wonders, the fountains and grottoes
of Pratolino are surely the apogee...
Buontalenti emerges as the foremost inventor of grottoes in Italy."
(Miller HEAVENLY CAVES, pp. 47, 49). The first state, before the number
(of two). Vesme no. 841. Chone/Grivel. STEPHANO DELLA BELLA
Impression measuring 25 x 37 cm; signed SD Bella
between the two views Excellnet condition, freshly mounted and
matted, overall dimensions 45 x 53 cm.