Banquet of the Piacevoli

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Della Bella made this etching at the age of seventeen, his first to be signed and dated in the plate. It records the banquet given August 1, 1627 in the Grand Salon of the Pitti Palace in honor of the hunting society known as the Piacevoli (the Pleasant Ones). Dell Bella had adorned the Medici coat of arms at the top with animal trophies.