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Della Bella, Stefano
Baths of Diocletian State V (#12 in series of 13 from “Landscapes and Ruins of Rome”)
1646
Formerly an imperial bathhouse, the Baths of Diocletian (306 CE), were repurposed in later centuries as storage for the city of Rome. Stefano della Bella omitted the signs of this modern usage in order to portray the baths as symbolic of an ancient, untouched and idealized past. The artist also reflects theiroriginal function as a space for social gathering and leisure through the team of relaxed horses in the foreground.
 
Della Bella, Stefano
Florence, Italy 1610–Florence, Italy 1664
Baths of Diocletian State V (#12 in series of 13 from “Landscapes and Ruins of Rome”)
1646
Etching on paper
13.4 x 13.8 cm
Gift from the estate of Mabel E. Segsworth, through the Queen's University Art Foundation, 1944
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