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ID number:  BIRBI-55.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bella, Stefano della (1610-1664)
Title / Object name:  Procession of the Feast of Corpus Christi outside the Palais Royal, Paris, 12 June 1648
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Île-de-France: Paris
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1648
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Paper: 336 x 478 mm; mount: 515 x 627 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Colnaghi's, November 1954, with 15 others for £95.6.01

Crowds descend upon the Palais Royal for the Feast of Corpus Christi. The elaborately decorated pavilion and altar are flanked by huge tapestries of the apostles. The dowager Queen Anne and nine-year-old Louis XIV follow the procession. This spectacular celebration combined the ceremony of the Catholic Church with the opulence and splendour of the French Court. Della Bella was an inexhaustible artist, producing thousands of prints and drawings of the countryside, everyday life, buildings, and public events. Originally from Florence, he moved to Paris in 1639.

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